Pres. Sirleaf Hands MRU Chair To Guinean President Conte

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MONROVIA, May 5 (LINA) -President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has officially turned over the chairmanship of the Mano River Union (MRU) to her Guinean counterpart, President Alpha Conde, after five years at the helm.

In remarks during the turning over ceremony in Conakry on Sunday, May 4, President Sirleaf told her colleagues that the period she served as Chair of the MRU was a daunting task, but was made easier by the strong support of fellow Heads of State and Government and the MRU Secretariat.

 At a colorful program during the Summit, President Sirleaf recounted the achievements of the MRU under her chairmanship.

She named finalizing the strategic plan to guide the work of the MRU, implementing the HIV/AIDS/STD pilot program, establishment of the Joint Border Security/Confidence Building Unit and the ongoing implementation of the Côte d’Ivoire/Liberia/Sierra Leone/Guinea West Africa Power Pool Project (WAPPP).

According to President Sirleaf, all of these projects would not have been achieved without the support of her colleagues and the MRU Secretariat.

“The Government and people of Liberia are honored to steer the affairs of the MRU and the progress made is attributed to all of us as Heads of State, Secretariat and the peoples of our countries,” President Sirleaf said.

She thanked the Union’s development partners for their unwavering and strong support to have achieved the MRU development goals.

“I like to, in this manner, officially handover the gavel of authority of the MRU chairmanship to my brother, Professor Alpha Conde, who will now chair our great organization,” President Sirleaf said, amidst cheers.

In his acceptance speech, President Conde said it is a difficult task to take over from President Sirleaf who, he described, as a woman with vast leadership experience.

He hoped that the Liberian leader will always have time to advise him as he steers the affairs of the MRU.

“How can I do better stepping into the shoes of this great first female elected President of Africa without knocking at her door for pieces of advice from her,” the new MRU chairman noted.

The MRU Secretary-General, Hadja Dr. Saran Daraba Kaba, thanked President Sirleaf for her support to the Secretariat under her stewardship.

She expressed renewed commitment to the new chairman of the MRU in moving the Union forward in achieving its goals.