Patience Jonathan hands over AFLPM Presidency to S/Leonean first lady, Sia Koroma

FORMER PRESIDENT, AFRICAN FIRST LADIES PEACE MISSION (AFLPM), DAME PATIENCE JONATHAN (LEFT), HANDING OVER TO JADIYA HAMDI MOHAMED, FIRST LADY OF SAHRAWI ARAB DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC, WHO REPRESENTED HER SUCCESSOR, SIA KOROMA OF SIERRA LEONE AT THE EMERGENCY 8TH SUMMIT OF THE AFLPM IN ABUJA, YESTERDAY. PHOTO: NAN

FORMER PRESIDENT, AFRICAN FIRST LADIES PEACE MISSION (AFLPM), DAME PATIENCE JONATHAN (LEFT), HANDING OVER TO JADIYA HAMDI MOHAMED, FIRST LADY OF SAHRAWI ARAB DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC, WHO REPRESENTED HER SUCCESSOR, SIA KOROMA OF SIERRA LEONE AT THE EMERGENCY 8TH SUMMIT OF THE AFLPM IN ABUJA, YESTERDAY. PHOTO: NAN

The African First Ladies Peace Mission on Friday in Abuja, elected Mrs Sia Koroma, the First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone, as its new President.

The election was held at the emergency 8th summit of the organisation.

Koroma, who was represented by Prof. Khadija Hamdi, the First Lady of the Saharawi Democratic Republic, pledged to ensure improved living conditions for the women and children of Africa.

The outgoing President of the Mission, Nigeria’s First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, while handing over to the new president, said she would continue to render her support to the organisation.

She then handed over the Certificate of Occupancy of the land belonging to the organisation, located in the Central Business District of Abuja and the two bank accounts operated by the Mission.

Jonathan commended the Mission for being in the vanguard of protecting the rights of women and children on the continent.

She explained that under her leadership, the organisation was guided by its objectives, including building the culture of peace and development in Africa.

She said that the Mission had offered support and services to victims of conflict and had used appropriate mechanisms and institutions to protect women and children in armed conflict countries.

According to her, the countries include Mali, Kenya, Guinea Bissau and the Saharawi Democratic Republic.

In his goodwill message, Prof. Nicholas Ada, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs I, lauded the achievements of the Mission under Nigeria’s First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan.

Recalling the euphoria that heralded the establishment of the organisation in 1995, Ada said it had justified its existence.

He said the organisation had rendered assistance to people, especially women and children in conflict areas.

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