Nigerian High Commissioner promises more support
OCTOBER 8, 2014 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
The Nigerian High Commissioner to Sierra Leone promised on Sunday to strengthen the good relationship between her country and Sierra Leone, noting that the two countries have come a long way in their diplomatic relations.
Her Excellency Madam Gladys Modupe Quist-Adebiyi made the promise during a special service to mark her country’s 54th anniversary at the St. Augustine’s Church at Hill Station in Freetown.
She said citizens of both countries share common historical background and that a good number of Nigerian professionals attended Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, and are now contributing greatly towards the development of their country. She told the congregation that the Nigerian government strongly supported Sierra Leone during the civil war years and helped restore peace and stability to the country.
Madam Quist-Adebiyi further emphasized that Nigeria was very helpful to the government and people of Sierra Leone during the elections of 2012, as well as contributes immensely to the socio-economic growth of the country with credible Nigerian banking institutions across the country.
“We have also made several cash donations and organized nurses training programmes in the country in order to combat the deadly Ebola virus,” she said, adding that they are grateful to the government of Sierra Leone for providing a safe environment for Nigerians in the country.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Ebun Strassar-King, commended the government of Nigeria for their tremendous contributions to the government and people of Sierra Leone, noting that the High Commissioner has personally contributed to education in the country by empowering girls and helping the physically challenged in the country.
“On behalf of the government of Sierra Leone I want to promise you and the government of Nigeria that Sierra Leone will always be grateful to Nigeria and will maintain thebilateral relationship,” she concluded.