ACCRA– President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has pledged Ghana’s commitment to stand with other West African States in crisis every step of the way.

Ghana had always made it a duty to offer assistance where it was needed, and would continue to do so under his watch, he said here Monday when the outgoing High Commissioner (ambassador) of Sierra Leone in Accra, Justice Umu Hawa Tejan Hallow, called at him at his Jubilee House office here to bid farewell upon completion of her duty tour in the country.

President Akufo-Addo recalled Ghana’s role in managing the deadly Ebola pandemic which hit Sierra Leone and the assistance during last year’s devastating landslide in Freetown and said the two nations and other countries in West Africa stood to gain when they deepened their co-operation.

Ghana, he added, was determined to strengthen ties with Sierra Leone for the mutual benefit of the two countries. We will continue the friendship with Sierra Leone; it is in our mutual interest, it is important that the relationship between us are strengthened and deepened at all times,” he said.

We are members of ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States), we are members of the Commonwealth, a brother African nation, a brother West African nation. There is a lot that we can do together,”he said.

The President also commended the government and people of Sierra Leone for embarking on a democratic path and peaceful transition and urged them to maintain the peace and strive to build the capacity of the institutions of governance in the country.

Justice Hallow expressed appreciation to the President and the people of Ghana for the strong support she enjoyed during her duty tour and acknowledged the socio-economic assistance, health, educational, disaster and security support which Ghana had given Seirra Leone over the years.