ECOWAS Commission Praises Pres. Sirleaf for Visit to Headquarters

first_imgDr. Babatunde O. Ajisomo, the Special Representative of the President of the ECOWAS Commission in Liberia, has praised President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for being the first head of authority of ECOWAS to visit the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria.In the regional body’s more than 40-year history, President Sirleaf is the first sitting Head of Authority to pay a visit to the Commission in order to know and see the work being done there, according to Dr. Ajisomo.“We were very glad to receive Her Excellency. Past Heads of Authority have just worked from their countries’ capitals and have just attended meetings but never did they come to visit with the Commission in Abuja,” he said on Wednesday.Madam Dr. Fatimata Dia Sow, ECOWAS Commissioner, Social Affairs and Gender, presented a symbolic check of US$70,000 to the Liberian Government, through the Ministry of Gender, for additional support to Ebola orphans and others in Liberia.Earlier, the ECOWAS Commissioner for Social Affairs and Gender, recognized the leadership role played by Madam Sirleaf in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease. Dr. Sow, who was joined by Dr. Ajisomo to present the check to Gender and Social Welfare Minister Julia Duncan Cassell, added: “As the challenge abated, we continued to monitor the doggedness of the President to get rid of Ebola and also address the challenges coming from it. As a mother, the passion Mama put into the struggle is well acknowledged not only in the ECOWAS region, but the world at large.”She used to occasion to call for a moment’s silence for the nearly 5,000 persons who lost their lives in Liberia, adding: “We lost people to Ebola. The pain of the loss is still fresh in our minds.”In spite of a two year absence, Dr. Sow stated that the challenge created by Ebola remains one of the nightmares for the ECOWAS Commission; and although they continue to discuss how best to assist the victims, she indicated that they are still discussing with their partners on preparedness to deal with such challenges should they occur again in the region. Gender Minister Duncan Cassell praised ECOWAS for standing with Liberia during the fight against the deadly disease. She assured the organization that the 9,000 Ebola orphans will be reached and informed about the ECOWAS gesture. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Passengers still awaiting reimbursements from Fly Jamaica

first_img4 months laterToday makes four months since a Fly Jamaica aircraft, destined for Toronto, Canada, crash-landed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in Timehri, East Bank Demerara, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded who are yet to be reimbursed.Passengers, who not only were onboard the crashed aircraft, but others who booked their flights ahead of their actual travel date are also still waiting in suspense for their monies to be refunded.Several fuming passengers reached out to this publication on Friday and complained that although they were promised a refund by the end of last month, they are still waiting with no word from the company.One person said that she contacted the travel agent with whom she booked the flight but was informed that the agents are also awaiting word from Fly Jamaica on the matter.Meanwhile, another passenger explained that he too was promised that payments would have commenced since last month.Other affected passengers have turned to social media to complain of the customer service being provided by Fly Jamaica, as telephone calls to the airline are seemingly going unanswered. Persistent persons have said they would have exhausted their efforts to contact the local office, only for their calls forwarded to voicemails and answering machines.Vikask Ramnarine, an inconvenienced passenger told <<>>, “I understand that the process to refund customers will take time, but I expected this period [to] be at least 3 days since this was not our fault and it’s very unfair that we have to wait 6-8 weeks for our money to be returned to us. Also taking into consideration the airline held this money since August 2018 and they do not have any service to provide, no instant refund”.According to him, the company owes him a total of US$720.Head of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Egbert Field told this publication on Friday that he was unaware of payments being made to affected customers.Meanwhile, when contacted on Friday, an officer at the airline told this newspaper that “refunds are not available at this time”. The employee was also unable to provide a timeline for when payments can be expected.A representative from the airline recently told sections of the media that it was considering resuming services by mid-March.last_img read more