Thursday, 26 July 2012

First Ladies promise Peace in Africa

Wives of African leaders have restated their commitment to pursuing lasting peace in the African continent.

Nigeria’s First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, made the commitment on behalf of the first Ladies at the Seventh African First Ladies peace Mission in Abuja.

Mrs jonathan, who was speaking at the foundation of the permanent secretariat of the African First Ladies Peace Mission, in Abuja , expressed  hope that the secretariat would serve as a venue for discussions on how to promote peace, security and development in Africa .

The First Lady also used the occasion to condole with the government and people of Ghana over the death of President John Atta Mills.

The ceremony, the First lady said, is a follow up to effort of building a solid foundation for the organization.
The complex when completed is expected to serve as a befitting secretariat of the mission where pressing issues of peace, security and development in Africa are tackled.

 The African First Ladies Peace Mission was established after the 1995 UN Conference on Women in Beijing , China , to promote peace and harmony in Africa.

The initiative, which was spearheaded by the First Ladies of Nigeria , Gambia , Benin , Uganda , Lesotho and Burundi , is aimed at working for peace in Africa .
Nigeria was elected as the President of the AFLPM in 2008 and it was then agreed that Nigeria should provide a permanent secretariat for the Mission .

The secretariat, which will have the shape of a dove, will be built on a eighteen thousand square meter land.

The edifice will have seven floors at the centre and three floors at the wings, with a 400-seat capacity auditorium.

It will also have an exhibition hall for African female artists, lounges, a parking space and a peace room, where issues of peace and development would be discussed, as well as dressing and restrooms.

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