ECOWAS LOSES STAFF AT LAGOS LIAISON OFFICE The ECOWAS Commission announces with deep regret the passing of a staff member
of its Lagos Liaison Office, Mr. Jatto Asihu Abdulqudir, aged 36.
Mr. Abdulqudir, a Protocol Assistant was among those who assisted the Liberian
delegate to a regional meeting Mr. Patrick Sawyer, who died from the Ebola Virus
Disease at a Lagos hospital on 25th July 2014.
Mr. Abdulqudir had been under quarantine following that sad incident.
The Commission wishes to use this opportunity to express its gratitude to
Nigerian government authorities and others who contributed to managing the late
official while under quarantine.
The Management of the Commission wishes to commiserate with Mr. Abdulqudir’s
family and colleagues and prays for the repose of his soul.
Before this sad event, the Commission working in collaboration with Nigerian
health authorities, had disinfected all the facilities of the ECOWAS Lagos
Liaison Office as part of precautionary measures to safeguard the health, safety
and security of staff members, and will continue to monitor the situation.
Management has also intensified awareness campaign among staff on the deadly
virus and uses this opportunity to invoke the spirit of solidarity and mutual
The Commission wishes to reassure staff of all Community Institutions all over
the entire region that it is taking all necessary steps to guarantee their
health and safety.
Furthermore, Management enjoins all staff members and community citizens in
general to intensify the observance of personal hygiene. They should also report
any suspected case to health facilities and seek medical advice or attention for
the effective containment and defeat of the Ebola disease.
On the directive of regional leaders, ECOWAS has already set up a Solidarity
Fund to fight the disease and has solicited the support contribution of Member
States and development partners to the Fund to rid the region of the virus.
The ECOWAS Commission wishes to reiterate its continued commitment to support
Member States in confronting this deadly virus.