Abuja - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has extended its sympathies to the family of Dr Margaret Vogt, who died in New York recently.
This was disclosed in a statement obtained by this publication from the headquarters of the regional body in Abuja during the weekend.
Although her age and cause of her death was not disclosed, the commission acknowledged the deep gap created by the death and prayed for the repose of her soul.
ECOWAS hoped the outpouring of testimonies of her great legacies would comfort the family.
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“On behalf of himself, management and staff of the ECOWAS Commission, the President of the Commission, Kadré Désiré Ouedraogo, wishes to register his deep sense of grief at the loss of this African icon and to extend heartfelt sympathy to the family.”
It added that Vogt was one of the West African women pioneers involved in the promotion of peace and security.
“She engaged in a number of trail-blazing works on the subjects of women empowerment and peace building in West Africa. She made significant contributions to the development of the Normative Frameworks of ECOWAS on Conflict Prevention, Democracy and Good Governance and published extensively on these subjects.”
The commission said she also mobilized grassroots, national and regional stakeholders to engage in practical implementation of peace building strategies.
“She distinguished herself in High Level assignments carried out for the African Union (AU) and the United Nations.”
- CAJ News