The Nigerian Ambassador to Angola, Her Excellency, Professor Monique O. Ekpong (KSJi) has been appointed the CHAIRMAN of AMBASSADORS Gulf of Guinea Commission,with member States including NIGERIA ,Ghana, Togo, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, São Tomé and Príncipe, Republic of Congo and Democratic Republic of Congo.
The announcement was made by the Executive Secretary, Amb. Florentina A. Ukonga rising from a strategic meeting between the Sec.General of the Commission & the Ambassador of Nigeria to Angola, which was held in Luanda, on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. The appointment was made in view of the fact that the Nigerian President, Gen. Mohammadu Buhari (RTD) is the present Chairman, Gulf of Guinea member states,
which includes countries bordering the Gulf of guinea,it was only natural & right that the Ambassador from Nigeria in Angola(where the headquarters is located) should be appointed head of GGC Ambassadors for synergy & equity.
Coastal states in Nigeria have strategically keyed into the activities of the Gulf of Guinea Commission, in a bid to contribute their quota, aswell as receive support from the commission.
Recently, the Governor of Cross River State, His Excellency, Sir Ben Ayade appointed the former speaker of the House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. John Gaul Lebo to head the commission in the state.
Sir Ayade had said the state is poised to harness economic potentials that abound in the Gulf of Guinea. To this end, the state government is facilitating the establishment of a new Commission to enhance trade between the state and the countries that make up the Gulf of Guinea.
It is worthy of note that the commission clocks it’s twenty years of existence this 2021, having been formed on the 3rd of july 2001, to oversee affairs affecting countries in the region, the commission is charged with various responsibilities which include
Taking charge of encroachment into territorial waters,security on the high seas(total reduction of pirates activities),
Taking charge of GGC territorial waters as regards fishing and also to enhance trade & businesses around the Gulf of Guinea.
The Cross River State born Ambassador to Angola, Prof. Ekpong’s appointment as Chairman, GGC Ambassadors is also very timely and will strategically position Nigeria in a prime place in the scheme of things in the region and continent as a whole.
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