The ECOWAS commissioner of Social Affairs and Gender on the ECOWAS Commission Dr. FatimataDia Sow official delivered a check worth US70, 000 to Gender and Social Welfare Minister Julia Ducan Cassel as the ECOWAS Humanitarian Assistance for vulnerable people and orphans affected by the Ebola Virus Disease.
Speaking at the occasion making the official presentation Wednesday, at the Ministry of Gender and Social Protection in Monrovia, Dr Sow said the money given is to up lift the welfare of the children, especially this Christmas season.
“Although the ECOWAS Commission has faced financial difficulties as a result of challenges arising from delayed remittances by Members States of the Community levy, we remain committed to the plight of our citizens. We are continuously working assiduously to attain our objectives especially towards the realization of an ECOWAS of the peoples as anticipated in the Vision 2020 strategy.” she noted.
She added that, the challenge created by Ebola remains one of the nightmares in the ECOWAS Commission saying “we continue to discuss how best to assist the victims. We are still discussing with our partners on preparedness to deal with such challenges should they occur again in our region.” she said.
“We ask you the citizens and our partners not to relax as we believe that to ensure this experience does not come to us again, we need collective support, information sharing and effective capacity building.” she explained.
For his part, the Special Representative of the President of ECOWAS Commission in Liberia Ambassador Babatunde O. AjisomoAjisomo said their aim is to prevent Ebola from getting into the various ECOWAS countries again.
The Ministry of Gender and Social Protection Julia Duncan Cassell thanked the ECOWAS delegate for their support. She said that there are about nine thousand orphans are in the country including those who lost both or single parent.
By Ethel A Tweh-Edited by Othello B. Garblah