Commissioner Tulay Leads ECOWAS’ New Headquarters, Standby Force Initiatives

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ECOWAS Commissioner for General Administration and Conferences, Vafolay Tulay

ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) Commissioner for General Administration and Conferences, Vafolay Tulay of Liberia, has presented three designs for the development of a new headquarters complex for the Commission, a release said.

Tulay has also presented the design for the second and third phases of the development of the ECOWAS Standby Force (ESF) logistics depot in Lungi, Sierra Leone.

A release from the Liberian Embassy in Abuja said Commissioner Tulay, who is also Liberia’s permanent representative to ECOWAS, spearheads two important projects and made the presentations to ECOWAS Ministers for Infrastructure, Works and Housing.

Commissioner Tulay made the presentations during the meeting of the ad-hoc Ministerial Committee on the Construction of Community Institutions held on September 22 in Abuja, Nigeria.

In his presentation of the design schemes for the ECOWAS new headquarters complex, Commissioner Tulay stated that the criteria included site optimization, functionality, safety and security; and the requirements of the Commission were taken into account.

Commissioner Tulay represents Liberia at the level of the ECOWAS Commission as its Commissioner for General Administration and Conferences. Liberia’s past commissioner at the Commission was Dr. Antoinette Weeks, who served as the Commissioner for Infrastructure.

According to the release, ECOWAS Ministers for Infrastructure, Works and Housing adopted the design for the new headquarters that will be built in Abuja by the Chinese government through a $31.5 million grant.

At the same time, the representatives of the ad-hoc Ministerial Committee on the Construction of Community Institutions have adopted the design scheme that will commence the development of the final design.

The final design will be produced with the input of the ECOWAS Commission and the 15 member states.

The ministers recommended that the final design of the new headquarters complex should not only integrate elements of West African culture but must also comply with international and Nigeria’s standards and specifications of construction.

The ministers also recommended that the design for the new headquarters complex should have the expansion of the Commission in view while being developed. “The design should take into consideration functionalities and coordination consistent with the needs of the community,” the ECOWAS Public Works Ministers said.

The Commissioner for Infrastructure, Pathe Gueye of Senegal, in his remarks, added that the Commission would enlist a consultant/quality control firm to assist ECOWAS with the final design, to ensure that the building meets all the required standards and is of the highest quality.

Mr. Gueye further stressed the need for good coordination between ECOWAS, Nigeria and the Chinese government in order for the project to be executed smoothly.

Meanwhile, the Ministerial Committee has approved the design for the second and third phases of the development of the Standby Force logistics depot in Lungi, Sierra Leone.

In her response, the vice president of the ECOWAS Commission, Madam Finda Koroma of Sierra Leone, reiterated the Commission’s commitment towards the implementation of these two projects which she described as “of great importance to the Community.”

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