President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has praised the outgoing AU Ambassador, Harrison Solaja and Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union for the many accomplishments during his tenure here, especially in the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus disease.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf made the assertion when she hosted a farewell reception in his honor on Monday, December 21, 2015 at her temporary Foreign Ministry office to conclude his tenure of duty in Liberia. Ambassador Harrison Solaja has been AU’s Special Envoy accredited to Liberia with residence in Monrovia since October 2011.
The Liberian leader praised Ambassador Solaja for his tremendous contributions to Liberia when Liberia battled the deadly Ebola Virus Disease that took away over 4000 Liberians.
President Sirleaf thanked the African Union for contributing over 800 African troops to the worst effected countries hard hit by Ebola and for placing Liberia on the agenda of the African Union. President Sirleaf bided Ambassador Solaja farewell and wished him well in his future endeavors. She said Ambassador Solaja is always welcome to visit Liberia anytime.
Ambassador Solaja was then gowned and named Chief Boni Musa Kamara of Quadi Gboni District in Lofa County.
In response, Ambassador Solaja expressed gratitude over the quality of interaction he had with all State and non-State actors as well as partners who helped in the successful implementation of his mandate in the last four years. He also used the occasion to thank the government of Liberia through the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the title “Chief Gbodi Musa Kamara.
Chief Solaja furthered that the African Union spent about US$ 37 million, through contributions from partners and the African Private Sector, which facilitated the rapid deployment of about 850 AU Health volunteers, and provision of needed logistics to fight the deadly virus in the three worst affected Mano River Union countries. He pointed out that in the areas of humanitarian affairs; an amount of US$ 50,000 was given to the UNCHR in Liberia by the AU Permanent Representative Council (PRC) subcommittee on refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons in Africa toward humanitarian activities.
The Outgoing Ambassador expressed optimism that Liberia’s peace will be upheld and sustained.
The Ceremony was graced by senior government officials, members of the diplomatic corp., and a host of ordinary Liberians.