From: George-Ramsey Benamba, GNA Special Correspondent in New York
New York, Sept 26, GNA- President John Dramani Mahama has said the Ebola virus disease was not just a problem of the affected countries in West Africa but a global challenge.
He said:” Ebola is not just a Liberian problem, or a Sierra Leonean or Guinean problem. It is just not a West African problem. Ebola is a problem that belongs to the world because it is a disease that knows no boundaries.”
President Mahama, who was addressing the 69th United Nations General Assembly, on Thursday,said there was no need to allow fear to keep people away from finding solutions to the disease.
His address was preceded by similar addresses from the Nigerien and Slovakian Presidents on the second day of the UN debate in New York City.
President Mahama called on world leaders to take up bold measures to contain the disease that was becoming a dangerous threat to world trade and other interactions.
He said: “Ghana has offered to use its capital, Accra as a base of operations for activities geared towards the containment of the disease. We cannot afford to let it compromise the very impulses that not only define, but retain our humanity.”
President Mahama commended Ban Ki-Moon, the UN Secretary General and the Security Council for establishing the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response.
“I would also like to acknowledge and commend President Barack Obama and the people of the United States of America for their enormous commitment to the fight against Ebola.”
On terrorism, President Mahama said Africa was vulnerable to terrorism because of its size and vast terrain with myriad places for terrorists to hide and create troubles.
“With over 60 per cent of Africa’s population under the age of 35 and a significant number living in extreme poverty, terrorists also have the opportunity to recruit new members by exploiting the ignorance and disillusionment of young people, who lack the skills, education and opportunities to find gainful employment.”
He condemned the use of organised groups such as Boko Haram in Nigeria, Al-Shabaab in Somalia and Al-Qaeda to disrupt the peace and development the world, and called for concerted efforts to deal with this issue.
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