Wednesday, November 25, 2020

President Buhari to attend ECOWAS summit In Niger Republic

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President Muhammadu Buhari is set to attend the Fifty-Seventh Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Garba Shehu, said the President will today leave Abuja for Niamey where he is to participate in the summit.

The one-day summit will deliberate on a special report on the Coronavirus pandemic to be presented by President Buhari who was appointed the ECOWAS Champion on the Fight against COVID-19 during the Extraordinary Virtual Summit of ECOWAS on April 23, 2020.

The summit will also receive a special report on the ECOWAS Single Currency Programme to be presented by President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone and Chair of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ), as well as President Alassane Ouattara, who is Chair of the West African Economic Monetary Union (WAEMU/UEMOA).

The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean Claude Kassi Brou will present to the West African leaders, the 2020 Interim Report on activities of the sub-regional body including ECOWAS Vision 2050.

Other issues to be addressed include the alarming rise in incidents of terrorism, insurgency, armed banditry and piracy, while the disruption of the democratic process by the military in Mali, will receive further attention.

Similarly the imperative to strengthen democracy in the sub-region by respecting constitutional provisions, rule of law and outcomes of free and fair polls in Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea and Niger where parliamentary and presidential elections are scheduled for this year will be emphasised.

President Buhari will be accompanied to the Summit by ministers and other top government officials.