Africans urged to co-exist peacefully


Mr. Joseph N. Boakai
Cape Coast, April 10, GNA – For Africa to attain a stronger foundation, countries on the continent must be prepared to respond favourably to each other’s plight to help foster African unity, Mr. Joseph N. Boakai, Vice President of Liberia, has said.

He noted that Ghana was a shining example to so many countries in Africa, including Liberia, which was ravaged by civil war in the 1990s, and recently the Ebola outbreak in that country that shredded its economy into tatters.

‘Ghana had been very supportive in times past during the civil war and the Ebola epidemic, and assisting to restore electricity and other relevant sectors of our economy,’ Mr. Boakai stated.

The Vice President who is in the country at President John Mahama’s invitation,   made these remarks when he led a team,   including a Korean delegation to pay a courtesy call on the Central Regional Minister, Mr. Aquinas Tawiah Quansah at his residence.

The visit was to familiarize themselves with the historical and the tourist attraction of the region and also explore investment opportunities.

He said he looked forward for stronger ties between the two countries in areas of technology, investment and human resource capacity-building.

Mr. Boakai lauded the peaceful co-existence between Ghanaians and Liberians, adding that citizens of both countries should see themselves as brothers and sisters, and reassured Ghana that Liberia would forever be appreciative of its help in times of difficulties.

Liberia was prepared to reciprocate the love Ghana had always and readily showed it in any capacity that it could.

On the Ebola outbreak, the Vice President said the epidemic had subsided due to the efforts put up by countries such as Ghana, which he confidently noted, ‘I knew Ghana had mounted enough surveillance to prevent the outbreak of Ebola in the country.’

Mr. Quansah briefed the team of the Ebola response measures put in place,    saying Ghana has two referral points where Chief Fishermen in all the fishing communities have been alerted to ensure that returnee fisher folks from Ebola-endemic areas in West Africa are taken for Ebola check-ups and screening.

The Regional Minister assured Liberians of Ghana’s continued peaceful environment, especially in the Central Region, despite security threat from illegal mining due to its vast mineral endowment and chieftaincy disputes which are rampant in the region.

In spite of these two main security challenges, Mr Quansah affirmed that the security apparatus in the region was equal to the task, adding that foreigners, including Liberians, were safe to move about freely only if they respected the laws of Ghana.

He urged the entourage to take advantage of their visit to explore the numerous historical and tourism potentials of the region, to identify the investment opportunities the region had to offer.

The team also paid a courtesy call on members of the Oguaa Traditional Council, where the Korean delegation assured the traditional authorities of their desire to invest in the Cape Coast Metropolis.

Osabarima Kwesi Atta the Second, Omanhen of the Oguaa Traditional Area, said Mr. Boakai’s visit was timely since the world was in recent times being   threatened with wars and terrorists insurgencies.

He indicated that what Africa needed now was forging a common front through cordial relations to enable it stand stronger as one continent with a common destiny.

The traditional leader welcomed the Korean business delegation, and promised that the Traditional Council was ever ready to accept the investors to the area.

GNA


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