ECOWAS regional radio in Monrovia
As the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) is set to withdraw from that country, the UN transferred its radio station to ECOWAS on 23 March. “I am convinced that this powerful medium of communication will enable the regional organisation to have greater impact on its citizens, particularly at the grassroots,” stated President George Manneh Weah who participated in the ceremony. The radio station will promote regional integration, contribute to the education of the West African people and create awareness of ECOWAS programmes and its Vision 2020. Leopoldo Amado, ECOWAS commissioner for education, science and culture, called for greater support from the international community to sustain the radio station. “There is the need for huge technical investment, first to enable the radio remain on air, then to extend its broadcast to the other member states in the three official languages of ECOWAS, and finally to incorporate national languages that will foster the socio-cultural integration of our community,” Amado declared.