October 9, 2017 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
The new Nigeria High Commissioner of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Sierra Leone, His Excellency Dr. Habiss Ibrahim Ugbada, has promised to foster relations between the two West Africa countries to higher heights for the benefit of their citizenries.
Dr. Ugbada made the statement last Thursday (5 October) at State House, Freetown, as he presented his letter of credential to President Ernest Bai Koroma.
He noted that Sierra Leone and Nigeria have enjoyed very comradely and brotherly communal relations in all spheres of life for decades, describing the close cultural and historical ties, which transcend difficult times, as ‘legendry.’
“President Muhammadu Buhari has in his right mandated me to further concretise our cordial relations. I hope to ensure that our mutual interests are not just best served diplomatically, but go beyond this traditional circle, to the private sector, the driving force of global economics,” he said.
He promised to do his utmost best to further develop friendly relations through an open and fruitful engagement with relevant officials of government, many non-governmental organisations and the general public, especially the Fourth Estate, to build an ensuring partnership based on mutual respect towards promoting both countries’ shared common interest.
“On behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, I wish to commend the giant strides being taken by Sierra Leone under your dynamic leadership. Sierra Leone has witnessed rapid socio-economic and political transformation which has translated into commendable massive infrastructural development and the country’s economy,” said the Nigerian envoy.
In his response, after he had received the credential letter of the Nigerian High Commissioner, President Ernest Bai Koroma underlined Sierra Leone’s determination to continue to strengthen the economic, social and cultural cooperation with Nigeria.
He assured the High Commissioner that Sierra Leone would do everything possible to maintain and deepen the values of participatory democracy, the rule of law and to promote peace, prosperity and security of other countries.
He said Nigeria has contributed significantly toward the development of Sierra Leone in various sectors, recalling the role the sub-regional giant played to restore peace in the country in the later 1990s.
Excellency Dr. Ugbada had arrived in Freetown on 8 September to replace Her Excellency Mrs. Gladys Modupe Quist-Adebiyi.