President Sirleaf Receives ECOWAS Community Court of Justice President - Justice Jerome Traore

Friday, 27th January 2017

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Monrovia, Liberia: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has received the President of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, Justice Jerome Traore at her Foreign Ministry Office in Monrovia. “Let me welcome you and say how pleased I am for your visit,” President Sirleaf said.

According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf received Justice Jerome Traore and members of his delegation during a courtesy call on Friday, January 27, 2017 where he briefed her on the Court’s activities and the purpose of his visit to Liberia.

President Sirleaf thanked Justice Traore and his delegation for the visit to Liberia and commended the Court through Justice Traore for the sincere welcome and hospitable reception accorded her during her visit to the Court in December of 2016.  She assured Justice Traore that she had noted suggestions expressed and would initiate the necessary consultations in order to inform a collective decision on suggestions made.

President Sirleaf noted that she was glad that Justice Traore could mention the amendment of some instruments that govern the work of the court. She assured Justice Traore of her support to the court in meeting its objectives that will conform to standards and international laws. The Liberian leader furthered that this year is a particular year for Liberia, noting, “In your sensitization, please bear in mind the vibrancy of the political times in Liberia,” she said.

She told the head of delegation that her government and that of ECOWAS will welcome the Court - come February 2017 for awareness on the its activities among other things.  She said the date for the next Summit of ECOWAS will be determined by ECOWAS Commission in consultation with Authority of Heads of ECOWAS.

President Sirleaf used the occasion to laud her colleague in the region for selecting her to be the Chairperson of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government highlighting: “I am honored to be selected by my colleagues to allow me head the Authority; I have learned more and benefited from the leadership coupled with making Africa a better place,” she emphasized.  

She however, paid tribute to ECOWAS Ambassador accredited near Monrovia, H.E. Babatunde Olanrewaju Ajisomo for his representation and services rendered especially under her administration.

Speaking earlier, Justice Traore thanked President Sirleaf for receiving him and his delegation and for the warmth reception accorded them by the government since their arrival in Liberia. He said among other things he and his delegation’s visit to Liberia is to create awareness about the court’s activities, and the possibility of hosting an international conference with a view to extending Court Session in Liberia.

Justice Traore used the occasion to congratulate President Sirleaf for the memorable visit she paid at the ECOWAS Court of Justice last December 2017. He said since the establishment of the Court, it has not receive a sitting President unlike President Sirleaf for the first time visited the court to familiarize herself with the court’s activities adding, “Your visit boasted the court especially the staff; we cannot over emphasize your visit; it was great,” he said

Also making remarks, Justice Micah W. Wright, former Solicitor General of Liberia and current Vice President of ECOWAS Court of Justice extolled President Sirleaf’s leadership since her ascendency and for the heartfelt reception they received from all officials of government since their arrival in Liberia.
 
He said the court will be counting on the President’s support and advice in preparation for their planned activities in Liberia. He congratulated President Sirleaf for the able manner in which she as ECOWAS Chairperson has been able to handle The Gambia situation something he said: “Upholds the rule of law and demonstrates good governance in the region”.

Justice Jerome Traore was accompanied to the Office of the President by ECOWAS Ambassador accredited near Monrovia, H. E Babatunde Olanrewaju Ajisomo, Hon. Justice Hameye Foune Mehalmadane, Dean of the Court. In attendance were Acting Foreign Minister Shoniyin, Minister of State, Sylvester Grigsgby, Minister of Justice, Cllr. Fredrick Cherue, and Solicitor General, Cllr. Betty Lamin Blamo, among others.

The Court is composed of seven (7) independent judges who are persons of high moral character, appointed by the Authority of Heads of State of government, from Member States, for a four-year term of office upon recommendation of the Community Judicial Council.