The Nigerian High Commissioner to Sierra Leone, Her Excellency Mrs. Gladys Modupeola Quist-Adebiyivi today paid a courtesy call to the Minister of Political and Public Affairs at her 9th Floor Youyi Building Office.
The Ambassador and her entourage were welcomed by the Deputy Minister of Political and Public Affairs, Mr. Akhmed Femi Mansaray
During her courtesy visit, they discussed on the bilateral relationship between the two nations. The introduction of the staff of the Minister of Political and Public Affairs was done by Mr. Osman Sankoh, Director of Public Affairs.
The Executive Chairman of the National Governing Council and the Secretariat of the African Peer Review Mechanism, Prof. Dr. Osman Gbla thanked the Ambassador on behalf of the Government of Sierra Leone for her government’s commitment in the APRM Secretariat.
Prof. Dr. Osman Gbla also stressed on the progress made by Sierra Leone in the African Peer Review Mechanism and he thanked HE the President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma for supporting the Secretariat.
Madam Zainab Kamara, Project Officer from the Office of Diaspora Affairs was very much delighted to welcome the Ambassador and spoke about the Mandate of the Office of the Diaspora and the relationship between the Ministry of Political and Public Affairs.
The Minister of Political and Public Affairs, Madam Nanette Thomas was very much honored to host the Nigerian High Commissioner to Sierra Leone in the person of Gladys Modupe Quist-Adebiyi and her delegation. The Minister of Political and Public Affairs was very appreciative of the participation of all the dignitaries from the Nigerian Embassy in Sierra Leone and their presence has made this new month and new week much more cheerful and graceful as this is the very first time the Ministry of Political and Public Affairs is hosting such a big delegation from the Nigerian High Commission.
The Minister of Political and Public Affairs, Madam Nanette Thomas spoke of good political and diplomatic relationship for over four decades between Sierra Leone and Nigeria as the two countries are linked by history: as we all know, Sierra Leone relies on significant amounts of foreign assistance from both bilateral and multilateral donors especially during the Ebola crisis. They are among the largest bilateral donors, we all know the roles played by our Nigerian brothers and sisters during the civil war and most recently during the Ebola crisis and we are looking to revamp our relationship as we are working on the Ebola recovery plan.
In her response, the High Commissioner, Mrs. Gladys Modupeola Quist Adebiyi congratulated the Minister of Political and Public Affairs and her team for the tremendous strides undertaken since her assumption to the office, as she said “I have not heard about the Ministry before now”, this is a clear manifestation that the minister and her team are on the helm of affairs. She congratulated President Koroma for choosing such a dynamic team as we are about to approach the general elections.
She emphasized that the ministry should work closely with the ministry of Agriculture so that the youths will be fully engaged and echoed that any nation that feeds itself is bound to development.
In giving the Vote of thanks, the Deputy Ministerof Political and Public Affairs expressed delight for the visit and believed it is a blessing that the President of Nigeria’s representative is visiting the Ministry and added that the pictures taken would serve as prosperity for generations to come.
Mr. Mansaray thanked the High Commissioner and team for the visit and look forward for a peaceful coexistence between the two sister states.
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