Condolence visit to Venezuelan embassy in Nigeria - The Vice-President of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr. Toga Gayewea McIntosh, is among the dignitaries who visited the Venezuelan Embassy in Abuja, the Nigerian Federal capital, to commiserate with the Government and People of Venezuela over the death of President Hugo Chavez.
The Commission said in a press statement here Tuesday that Dr. McIntosh, who was received by the Venezuelan Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Enrique Fernando Arundell, on Monday, signed the official condolence register and delivered a letter of condolence from the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo, to the Acting President of Venezuela, His Excellency Nicolas Maduro.
Dr. McIntosh, accompanied on the condolence visit by the ECOWAS Adviser on Health, Dr. Mariane Ngoulla, described the late Venezuelan charismatic leader as a great friend of Africa and a believer in South-South cooperation, who demonstrated his fraternal solidarity with the ECOWAS Community.
He expressed the hope that the excellent partnership and cooperation between ECOWAS and Venezuela would be further strengthened for the mutual benefits of their peoples.
On behalf of the Government and People of Venezuela, Ambassador Arundell expressed his profound gratitude to ECOWAS for the solidarity visit, adding that while President Chavez would be missed, his legacy would endure.
One of the legacies of the improved Africa-Latin American cooperation under President Chavez's leadership, he said, is the 2009 Tripartite Agreement between ECOWAS, Cuba and Venezuela for the Elimination of Malaria in West Africa.