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Patience launches secretariat for first ladies

25 July 2012, 15:39

Abuja - The First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, on Wednesday in Abuja inaugurated the interim secretariat of the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM).

Jonathan, who was accompanied by other African First Ladies who are in Nigeria for the 7th AFLPM summit, said that the secretariat, which would accommodate the mission until the completion of the permanent site, would facilitate efforts to bring peace to Africa.

She stressed that the secretariat would be beneficial as it would be used for deliberations on best ways to resolve conflicts and, therefore, be a vital tool in efforts to foster peace in Africa.

``I inaugurate this secretariat to the glory of God and to the benefit of mankind; this interim secretariat will bring peace to our countries and our region.

``Peace will reign in Africa, there will be no war and there will be no conflict in Jesus name,” she said.

The main hall of the secretariat is designed to accommodate all the 33 African First Ladies and at least 200 observers.

The secretariat is equipped with a modern press gallery with media gadgets that can transmit live reports in the four official languages in Africa: English, French, Portuguese and Arabic.

Meanwhile, the First Ladies of South Africa, Sierra-Leone, Congo, Swaziland and Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic have arrived for the conference, while 15 others are still being expected.

Jonathan and the visiting First Ladies later inspected the facilities of the secretariat.

The secretariat used to be the office complex of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) but it was ceded to the AFLPM in 2011.



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