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ECOWAS Leaders Discuss Ebola


ECOWAS Leaders Discuss Ebola

The Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has called on member states to contribute to the Regional Solidarity Fund set up by the ECOWAS Commission to assist the most affected member states in their fight against the Ebola scourge.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 46the Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Governments held in Abuja, yesterday, the Nigerian leader lamented Ebola is ravaging the sub region and called on member states to contribute generously to the solidarity fund to help contain the spread of the killer disease.
He warned that until the Ebola scourge is contained, countries in the sub region, Africa and the world at large were at risk. “Since its outbreak in March, this year, the disease has resulted in over seven thousand deaths apart from negatively impacting our economies. I therefore call on member states as well as our development partners and the international community at large to contribute generously to the ECOWAS Regional Solidarity Fund to fight the Ebola Virus Disease”, the Nigerian President’ said.
President Jonathan also called for a stronger and more effective union as ECOWAS prepares to mark its 40th anniversary. He said beyond politics the economic development and integration of the region must remain the fundamental objective of the ECOWAS Commission.
In his opening remarks, the Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Governments,’ President of Ghana, HE John Dramani Mahama also lamented the Ebola situation in the three affected countries particularly Sierra Leone where he said details remain a source of concern. He emphasised the seriousness of the Ebola situation and warned that until the person is cured of the disease and the disease is wiped out, it would remain a serious challenge. He called on all to put hands on deck, sparing no effort in the fight against the disease.
On his part, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, H E Kadre Desire Ouedraogo also expressed concern over the Ebola situation and said efforts were being made to mobilize support for the affected countries. He recalled that at the Accra Extraordinary Summit, the member countries reaffirmed their their determination to fight the Ebola Virus Disease.
The former President of the Commission who is now the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in West Africa, Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambas also attended the summit.
The one day summit meanwhile is expected to address the Ebola Virus, the common regional tariff which is set to come in to effect in 2015, the security situation in Nigeria, and Mali and the Sahel Region which pose threat to sub regional peace.

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