Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has said that the involvement of the African Union Support to the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa, ASEOWA is a clear demonstration that Africans must look within the continent for the resolution of the continent’s problems, because Africans are capable of finding solutions to African problems.
He said peace, stability and health can come to the continent when Africans look within the continent for the resolution of problems and called on African Leaders to hold together as one people determined to find answers to issues of conflict on the continent.
Vice President Boakai was speaking Tuesday on Capitol Hill when a delegation of African Union Support to the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa, ASEOWA paid him a farewell courtesy visit according to a release from the Office of the Vice President.
Vice President Boakai said the Government of Liberia was grateful to the African Union for the demonstration of leadership in the fight against the Ebola virus disease that hit the Mano River Union Countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone claiming thousands of lives. He said, the Government of Liberia will accordingly convey to the African Union an expressed satisfaction on the performance of the ASEOWA team in Liberia.
Earlier, the Special Representative of the chairperson of the African Union Commission to Liberia, Ambassador H. OluwatoyinSolaja said they were grateful to the Liberian Government for the level of cooperation received while here including the provision of an office space in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to carry out their functions.
He said ASEOWA operated a hundred bed hospital and trained over seven thousand personnel for the treatment of Ebola and capacity building, a release from the Office of the Vice President said.
The delegation included Dr. Benjamin Djoudalbaye, Head of Mission, ASEOWA, Dr. Joshua Obasanja, Deputy Head of Mission, Mr. AbiodunAdeyemo, Head of Finance, Peace and Security Department of ASEOWA based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Mr. David Sunday Oyekleke, Communications Officer and Madam Elizabeth, Deputy Head of Mission of ASEOWA in Sierra Leone.
The ASEOWA came into existence as a result of the decision of the Peace and Security Council of the AU to establish ASEOWA and send to the three Ebola hit countries.