September 22, 2021

Sierra Leone president implores African leaders to speak with one voice

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President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma has called on African leaders to stay the course, continue to speak with one voice and remain united on all aspects of the UN Security Council reform process.

President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari (L) shaking hands with Sierra Leone President Koroma

He made these remarks in his capacity as Coordinator of the Committee of Ten Heads of State and Government on the Reform of the United Nations Security Council during a closed session of the 26th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Meanwhile, President Koroma also held bilateral talks with the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Dr Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina on the margins of the summit.

They discussed the possibility of quick intervention in the areas of energy within the short and medium term. Dr. Adesina agreed to provide support to Sierra Leone in the energy and agricultural sectors and also proposed to address the issue of unemployment among young people.

Globally, there are about 350 million unemployed youth which means that there is a lot of work to be done to address the issue.

The president said he will send a team to AfDB to look at specific proposals on the way forward.

The AfDB president recalled his days working as a researcher at the Rokupurr Rice Research Institute, and noted that he was impressed with the strides made by the government in the fight against Ebola.

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Group photograph of the 54 heads of state and government of the Assembly of African Union marking the official start of the 26th Ordinary Session of the Summit of the African Union

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