65Th Ordinary Session Of ECOWAS Meeting Begins

 

The 65th meeting of the Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS has commenced in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Declaring it open on Sunday at the Conference Centre of the State House, Abuja, the Chairman Authority of Heads of States and Government, Bola Ahmed Tinubu said the Ordinary Session was convened to review the situation in the West African region.

President Tinubu said the meeting would consider several issues affecting several areas of the community through reports and memoranda of agenda including 2024 interim reports and State of the community.

The report of the 52nd Ordinary session of the mediation and Security Council at the Ministerial level will also be discussed including the memoranda on status of implementation of ECOWAS trade among others.

President Tinubu underscored that a peaceful and secured society is essential for achieving the potentials of the region.

He acknowledged the move to operationalise the ECOWAS standby force in combating terrorism saying “the success of the initiative is crucial to ending insecurity challenges on the region.”

President of ECOWAS Commission, Omar Alieu Touray, in his opening remarks welcomed the newly adopted members, the Presidents of Sierra Leone Joseph Boakai and Senegal President, Bassirou Faye.

Touray appraised democracy on the African continent saying “the successful conduct and transition of government in the region indicates that democracy is alive in West Africa.”

We look forward to the consolidation of this trend in the region as we prepare for a major election in Ghana later this year,” Touray said.

Touray further said that reminding themselves of the positive development was not in any form an exercise in self glorification, rather a recognition of the progress the community has made.

He however said the significance of the events and developments is being overshadowed by the multidimensional challenges that the region faces.

“Our region is still confronted with multiple interlocking threats, including existential works. This include climatic and man-made crisis, leading to terrorism and violent extremism and food insecurity. Livelihoods continued to be threatened by illegal and unsustainable exploitation of our land, forest and marine resources.

“Governance deficit and marginalisation have strained social contracts, engendering bitter rivalries and unhealthy competition. To complicate the situation, our region has become the arena of geo-strategic and geo-political rivalries and the theatre of misinformation and disinformation that engenders mistrust among and within communities and undermine social cohesion,” Touray also said.

He added that report on further open discussion on Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger Republic would be presented at the meeting.

President Tinubu was elected Chairman of the Authority at the 63rd Ordinary Session of the regional bloc held last July in Bissau, the capital of Guinea-Bissau.

During his tenure President Tinubu had expressed concern over the increasing levels of insecurity and the increasing pattern of military coups in the region, stressing that these issues demand urgent and concerted efforts from all member states.

 

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere

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