From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

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ECOWAS Appoints Mrs. Shirley Gbujama To The Advisory Board On Small Arms (ECOSAP)
By Sylvia Blyden
Oct 3, 2008, 17:06

Mrs. Shirley Gbujama, a former Minister in the erstwhile Tejan Kabbah Government, has been invited to join the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Advisory Board on Small Arms Control Programme (ECOSAP). The invitation extended by the ECOWAS President, Mohamed Ibn Chambas has been warmly accepted by Gbujama who has already attended one of the Board Meetings held recently in Abuja. This information was given to Awareness Times yesterday over the telephone from Abuja, Nigeria by the Communications Officer for ECOSAP, Mr. Oluwafisan Bankale.

Mrs. Shirley Gbujama

When Awareness Times contacted Mrs. Gbujama yesterday October 2nd 2008, she confirmed that she was leaving Sierra Leone this coming weekend for another ECOSAP Board Meeting to be held at the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja. Mrs. Gbujama expressed pride at being invited to the Board by ECOWAS’s Ibn Chambas.

"There are many issues surrounding the control of small arms in this sub region. I am satisfied with the efforts that are currently in place here in Sierra Leone and which are actively being strengthened upon." Mrs. Gbujama stated adding that she was available to anyone who wished to discuss the issue of small arms.

She expressed appreciation to ASP Gbanie, the desk officer for Small Arms at Police Headquarters as well as to AIG Francis Munu for bringing her up to speed with issues revolving around the control of small arms.

Meanwhile, this latest ECOSAP Advisory Board Meeting will run from October 6th to 8th 2008.

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