The ambassador of Liberia to Nigeria, Dr. Al-Hassan Conteh, has said that Liberians would forever be grateful for Nigeria’s contribution to the ECOMOG in the nineties that renewed peace and democracy in Liberia, calling for a robust bilateral relationship between both countries.
On the occasion of Liberia’s 168th independence anniversary in Abuja, the envoy said that Liberia has deepened its bilateral relation with Nigeria at an opportune time when Nigeria is rated the largest African economy following a rebasing exercise of the size and structure of its economy in 2014.
He said, ‘’In this context, Liberia and Nigeria concluded a joint commission on July 14-15, 2015 by signing the following agreements: bilateral trade cooperation agreement, agreement on cultural cooperation, MOU on cooperation in geology, mining, mineral processing and metallurgy, agreement on educational cooperation, and an agreement for the training of Liberia foreign service officers.’’
Amb. Conteh noted that, the joint commission will work to implement these agreements and to increase the volume of trade between the two countries, which is currently at a nadir of about $5 million.
He, however, thanked the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for its significant contribution to Liberia, through the West Africa Health Organisation (WAHO) and the African Union (AU), of cash donations and volunteers respectively to combat Ebola in Liberia.
He said, ‘’The Government of Liberia now has the experience to control the spread of Ebola. Its effective Incidence Management System (IMS) has brought the situation under control.
“The four remaining cases recovered and have been released. Liberia now has no confirmed case of Ebola. Liberia is now embarking on a post-Ebola development strategy with national priorities of rebuilding the health system, infrastructure, economic development and reconciliation to reverse the negative trend in falling economic growth, to renew Liberia’s momentum of sustainable development that would enable the country to attain middle income status by 2030 (Vision 2030).’’
‘’The Liberian embassy in Abuja continues actively to represent Liberia in Nigeria and at the ECOWAS Commission attending all major events and contributing to bilateral relations and the growth of the regional body and its Member States,’’ he added. -Leadership News