Mrs Sis Nyama Koroma
The First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Mrs Sia Nyama Koroma has been elected by the African First Ladies Peace Miission (AFLPM)as its new President.
Mrs Koroma was elected to take over from Mrs Patience Jonathan at the emergency 8th summit of the organisation held in Abuja.
Mrs Koroma, who was represented by Prof. Khadija Hamdi, the First Lady of the Saharawi Democratic Republic at the meeting 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 (C of O) of the land belonging to the organisation located in Abuja and the two bank accounts operated by Mission.
Mrs Jonathan commended the Mission for being in the vanguard of protecting the rights of women and children on the continent.
She reported to the meeting 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 which
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 that the organisation had rendered assistance to people, especially women and children in conflict areas.
The minister urged the new AFLPM president to improve on the achievements of her predecessor and thanked the other first ladies for their contributions and support to Mrs Jonathan.
AFLPM is an umbrella body of wives of African heads of state and governments.