The Mano River Union Secretariat in Freetown, over the weekend celebrated its 35th anniversary; a union established on the 3rd October 1973 by President Siaka P. Stevens, President Tolbert of Liberia and Ahmed Sekou Toure of Guinea.
The Secretary-General of the Mano River Union, Abraham Boure, in his statement noted that, they are proud to celebrate this year’s anniversary with Ivory Coast being a member of the Mano River Union and expressed commitment and determination to revitalize the union’s activities so as to achieve its aims and objectives.
He further spoke about the strong relationship with ECOWAS and other regional organizations to enhance peace and tranquility among member states and support development agendas that would improve the lives of many people.
Abraham Boure also spoke about plans to promote regional integration and development through skilful planning and coordinating of efforts to integrate commerce and industry.
He intimated that the Secretariat is currently undergoing rehabilitation, capacity building of staff members and also focuses on HIV/ AIDS and reproductive health, human trafficking and local integration of residual refugees with support from UNFPA.
Concluding, the Secretary-General urged member states to resolve the Yenga issue and inculcate bilingual communication in the four countries.