AU, ECOWAS seek violence-free polls in Ghana

The African Union and the Economic Community of West African joint mission has tasked the Ghanaian authorities to ensure violence-free elections on December 7.The mission also urged the Electoral Commission to ensure strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocols.The joint mission led by the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean Kassi Brou, was in Ghana between[...]

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Honour your commitment to ECOWAS, US urges Mali transition govt

The United States has urged the transitional government in Mali to honour its commitments to the Economic Community of West African States.The commitment includes holding a democratic election within 18 months.Spokesperson for the US Department of Transitional, Ms Morgan Ortagus, made the call in a statement made available on the website of the US Department[...]

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Coup: ECOWAS may lift Mali sanctions today —Jonathan

Nigeria’s ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, mediating in the Mali crisis for the West Africa bloc ECOWAS, said the organisation would probably decide on Friday whether it would lift economic sanctions against the country.Speaking in Mali’s capital Bamako on Wednesday, Jonathan called the measures imposed on the country by the 15-nation bloc “unfortunate”.West African leaders heaped pressure[...]

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Buhari urges ECOWAS leaders to resist temptation of tenure elongation

President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to ECOWAS leaders not to elongate their tenure in office beyond constitutional limits.Malam Garba Shehu, the president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in a statement in Abuja said Buhari made the appeal while presenting Nigeria’s General Statement at the 57th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Heads of State[...]

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Buhari to attend ECOWAS Summit in Niger on Monday

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja Monday for Niamey, Niger Republic to participate in the Fifty-Seventh Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government.The one-day summit will deliberate on the Special Report on COVID-19 to be presented by President Buhari who was appointed the ECOWAS Champion on the Fight against COVID-19[...]

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Mali Crisis: Buhari attends second virtual ECOWAS leaders’ summit

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday participated in the second virtual extraordinary summit of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), on the sociopolitical situation in Mali.All the presidents in the ECOWAS are present, alongside the ECOWAS President, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou.The meeting is expected to proffer[...]

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ECOWAS calls for restoration of IBK, sanctions against coup plotters

West African leaders under the regional bloc ECOWAS have said they would dispatch envoys to Mali to help secure “the return of constitutional order”. In a video conference on Thursday, they called for the ousted Malian president to be restored to office.“We have decided to immediately send a high-level delegation in order to ensure the[...]

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Buhari attends virtual ECOWAS session on Mali crisis

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari is currently participating in a virtual Extraordinary Session of the Economic Community of West Africa States, ECOWAS, Authority of Heads of State and Government on the socio-political crisis in Mali.The session, which is being held through video conference, was convened following the recent mutiny by the nation’s military on Tuesday.Also participating at[...]

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ECOWAS suspends Mali from its decision-making bodies, shuts down land, air borders

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has suspended Mali from all its decision-making bodies with immediate effect.A statement by the community’s Directorate of Communications on Wednesday, indicated that the suspension is in line with the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance and will remain in place until effective constitutional order is reinstated[...]

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Mali opposition rejects ECOWAS plan, demands president’s resignation

A protest movement that has sprung up in Mali, shaking President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s grip on power, on Tuesday rejected a compromise put forward by regional leaders and insisted that he quit.In a statement, the so-called June 5 Movement said it “demands the resignation of Mr. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and his regime more than ever,”[...]

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Mali Crisis: Buhari, ECOWAS leaders attend extra-ordinary virtual meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari has joined other sub-regional leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in an extra-ordinary virtual meeting to mitigate the political crisis in Mali.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting was summoned in line with the outcome of Thursday’s meeting of the ECOWAS leaders in Bamako, Mali.The[...]

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ECOWAS Parliament inaugurates 8 new lawmakers

The Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has sworn-in eight new members at its second extraordinary Session held online. The newly sworn-in Members of Parliament are: Hon. Califa Seidi (Guinea Bissau), Hon. Prince Yormie Johnson (Liberia), Hon. Woraye Sarr (Senegal), Hon. Ibrahim Yara (Mali), Hon. Amadou Diepkile (Mali), Hon. Mariam Kagnassy[...]

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Single Currency: ECOWAS Heads of state to meet – Onyeama

Heads of State of ECOWAS are set to meet to discuss issues bordering on the adoption of the single currency – the Eco – for the sub-region. Heads of State of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are set to meet to discuss issues bordering on the adoption of the single currency –[...]

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Ecowas endorses Adesina for Second term as AfDB President

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has endorsed the candidacy of Akinwumi Adesina, the president of African Development Bank (AfDB), for a second term. The decision was announced in a communique signed by Jean-Claude Kassi, the commission’s president, at the end of the 56th ordinary session of the Authority of Heads of State[...]

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ECOWAS proposes laws to Protect Whistle Blowers and their interests!

The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has tasked ECOWAS parliamentarians to enact laws and other measures to protect whistleblowers in the region.Head, Democracy and Good Governance, ECOWAS Commission, Mr. Eyesan Okorodudu, said this during a paper presentation on “ECOWAS Protocol on Anti-Corruption and the Regional Network (NACIWA): What Progress?” Okorodudu[...]

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ECOWAS warns Nigeria of the dangers of delays in Electoral Reforms

Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Nigeria and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Ketil Karlsen, has alerted the sub-region to the dangers of postponing political reforms. He stressed that such changes were needed mostly after any general election like the recently concluded 2019 polls in Nigeria. He, however, lamented that President[...]

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ECOWAS including Nigeria tackle indecent Work

THE fight against indecent work by organised Labour has been a serious issue in Africa in general and Nigeria in particular. In fact, it is a global phenomenon to the extent that during the UN General Assembly in September 2015, decent work and the four pillars of the Decent Work Agenda – employment creation, social[...]

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Nigeria contributes over $710m to ECOWAS, more than 13 countries contributions

Nigeria has contributed more money to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) than 13 other Members states put together in the last 12 years, statistics have shown. Statistics on payment of the Community Levy showed that between 2003 and 2015, Nigeria paid $710,497,352, equivalent to 480,355,205 West Africa Units of Account (UA). The[...]

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