Liberia’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Prof. Al-Hassan Conteh
Abuja Mission Celebrates Joint Independence, Flag Days
ABUJA, August 30 (LINA) - Liberia’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Prof. Al-Hassan Conteh, has said despite the many adversities Liberia has faced, the country remains resilient under a dedicated leadership, vibrant community response, and support from the international community.
Conteh stated that the dynamic leadership of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf since 2005 has led to more than US$4 billion in debt relief, and the lifting of UN sanctions that gave Liberia access to the international market.
“Her administration solidified relations with regional partners and the international community, attracting significant foreign direct investment in mining, agriculture, forestry, and off-shore oil exploration,” said Conteh, who is also Liberia’s Permanent Representative to ECOWAS.
The Liberian diplomat made the statement in remarks at a joint celebration of the country’s 169th Independence and National Flag Days in the Nigerian Federal Capital on August 24 at a local hotel in Central Abuja.
The Liberian Ambassador noted that since the WHO declared Liberia free of Ebola on May 9, 2015 and twice subsequently, Liberia has embarked on a post-Ebola development strategy within the context of the country’s development strategy known as the Agenda for Transformation (AfT).
“The priorities of the AfT, include rebuilding the health system, infrastructure development, and consolidating the progress towards the transformation of Liberia, in order to reverse the negative trend in falling economic growth.
“This will renew Liberia’s momentum of sustainable development that would enable the country to attain middle income status by 2030. Liberia is now open for business and investment,” Conteh said.
He noted that Liberian/Nigerian relations remain excellent, especially following President Sirleaf’s visit during the historic inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari on May 29, 2015.
He also cited President Sirleaf’s State Visit to Nigeria in February 2016, during which the bilateral relations between the two states were further discussed within the context of the Nigeria-Liberia Joint Commission, which was inaugurated on July 14-15 2015.
The Joint Commission focuses on bilateral trade and cultural cooperation, collaboration in geology, mining, mineral processing and metallurgy, educational cooperation, and the training of Liberia Foreign Service Officers.”
He emphasized that the Government of Liberia has opened the market of the country to Nigerian businesses, including banks, insurance, spare parts and aviation, while many Nigerians continue to reside peacefully in Liberia and vice versa.
The Liberian envoy also informed his audience of the recent visit to Nigeria of Vice President Joseph N. Boakai during which he discussed issues of bilateral cooperation with his Nigerian counterpart, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
Ambassador Conteh told the Liberian Community that the Embassy looks forward to working with them to better their lives in Nigeria.
“Concrete plans are now underway to establish a Passport Application Center at the Abuja Mission. This will facilitate the application and renewal of passports for all Liberian citizens in Nigeria. I encourage all Liberian community leaders to register their members with the Embassy, and acquire their Consular IDs,” he added.