HC Henry Macauley of Nigeria hosts ECOWAS Commissioner for Admin & Finance
The High Commissioner of the Republic of Sierra Leone to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Henry Olufumi Macauley on Thursday 15thMarch 2012 hosted the Commissioner for Administration and Finance of the ECOWAS Commission Mrs. Khadi Ramatu Saccoh to Lunch at his Residence, to officially welcome her to Nigeria and to her new appointment, in his capacity as High Commissioner representing the Government and People of Sierra Leone.
Until her appointment to this enviable position of Commissioner at the ECOWAS Commission, Mrs. Khadi Ramatu Saccoh was a professional banker and worked at the Bank of Sierra Leone for 32 years before she was nominated by the Government of Sierra Leone through the dynamic efforts of His Excellency Henry Olufumi Macauley, who also doubles as High Commissioner and Permanent Representative to the ECOWAS Commission in Nigeria.
Many Sierra Leoneans serving as expatriates and in various other capacities were invited to join High Commissioner Henry Macauley and staff of the High Commission at the welcoming lunch hosted in honour of the new ECOWAS Commissioner, an occasion that made her feel proud as a Sierra Leonean and happy in joining the Sierra Leone family in Nigeria to serve her country at the ECOWAS Commission. Senior Embassy officials present included General Retired Edwin Sam Mbomah, Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. Duwai S. Lungay, Head of Chancery, Ms. Rakie Macarthy, First Secretary and the entire staff of the High Commission.
Among some of the distinguished Sierra Leoneans present to officially welcome and receive Mrs. Khadi Saccoh also were Dr. Patrick Kormawah, the UNIDO Head for Nigeria and West Africa, Madam Ade Lekoetje UNDP Country Representative to Nigeria, Mrs. Zainab Abdullahi, Manager of the IGI Plc, Mr. Abdul Fofanah, Chief Finance Officer at UNICEF Nigeria, Mrs Josphine Kamara Ngombu formerly of SLBS and VOA now with UNICEF in Kano, Nigeria. Also present to welcome her were Sierra Leonean staff at the ECOWAS Commission, among them Madam Kumba Foday of ECOWAS Internal Audit, Mr. Gibril Kamara formerly of Bank of Sierra Leone and World Bank now with ECOWAS, Major Foday Jalloh of the RSLAF now with ECOWAS Standby Force, Mr. Claude Kondoh, ECOWAS Programme Officer and Mr. Ibrahim Bah.
In expressing her appreciation for the reception and lunch hosted on her behalf by the High Commission, Mrs. Khadi Saccoh whole heartedly thanked High Commissioner Henry Macauley for his brotherly love for Sierra Leoneans and his determination and readiness to push Sierra Leone forward in accordance with President Ernest Bai Koroma’s Agenda for positive change in the country.
The job of Commissioner at ECOWAS she explained came to her as a surprise as she was just thinking of going into retirement from her long service to the Central Bank of Sierra Leone when she was requested that her Curriculum Vitae (C.V.) was needed and then later on given a call by High Commissioner Henry Macauley from Nigeria that she had been nominated by Government to proceed to Accra for an interview for the job of Commissioner for Admin and Finance at the ECOWAS Commission.
She further maintained that she was encouraged by High Commissioner Macauley to go for the interview which she did the next day and this was how she became the successful candidate for Sierra Leone and has now got the job. The interview she also went on was really tough but she thanked God she was able to make it. She assured all present that she would make Sierra Leone proud at the ECOWAS Commission as all her other colleagues have pledged that they would try to make a difference this time round in ECOWAS evidence of which has already started showing.
At the end of the Lunch, introductions were made by all present followed by photographs before everybody dispersed to their different places of work.
By Alusine M. Fofanah, Press Attaché, Abuja, Nigeria
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