Insecurity: ECOWAS issues security warning to staff

“Intelligence reports warn of plans by undesirable elements to infiltrate various parts of the country, particularly state capitals, including the Federal Capital Territory.”   The ECOWAS Commission has issued a security alert to its staff, urging them to reduce engagements that will require being outdoors and avoid casual outings after work hours. The advisory came against the backdrop of worsening insecurity in the nation.  The security alert is dated April 28, 2021, and signed by the ECOWAS Commissioner for General Administration and Conference, Vafolay M. Tulay. The ECOWAS Advisory was…

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ECOWAS Heads of Gov’t support Nigeria’s candidacy for AU position – Communique

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Authority of Heads of State and Government says it is prioritising its support for Nigeria’s candidacy for the position of African Union (AU) Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace, and Security. The authority reached the decision at the end of its Feb. 2 virtual session which was chaired by the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo. The decision of the authority is contained in a communiqué issued by the ECOWAS Parliament on Wednesday in Abuja. “On the endorsement of member states’ application for international…

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ECOWAS halts single currency launch

The Economic Community of West African States has postponed the planned launch of its single currency, the Eco. The body agreed to maintain a gradual approach for the launching of the currency. ECOWAS explained that a new date for the launch would be announced later. This was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the 57th Summit of the Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS on Tuesday. The body said the postponement was in order to consolidate its achievements. Consequently, a new road map for the single…

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FG borrows 5,000MT of grains from ECOWAS to feed Nigerian citizens

The Nigerian Government has disclosed that it borrowed over 5,000 metric tonnes of grain from ECOWAS to feed citizens. This was disclosed by the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mustapha Baba-Shehuri on Monday. He stated this while receiving the 3,999 tonnes of cereals donated to Nigeria by ECOWAS. According to Shehuri, “The Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria loaned 5,000MT of assorted grains from ECOWAS Stock which was agreed to be paid back on grain for grain basis. “Modalities had been put in place to replace…

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Mali crisis: Military, ECOWAS talks end in deadlock

Talks between West African nations and Mali’s new junta ended on Monday without a deal on how the country should return to civilian rule following last week’s coup, negotiators said. It would be recalled that soldiers had on August 18, ousted Mali’s government in a coup. The act was strongly condemned by ECOWAS, the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN). ECOWAS – the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States — sent a high-level delegation to Bamako on Saturday, led by former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan, to press…

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Mali opposition rejects ECOWAS plan, demands President Keita’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,” accusing them of bearing “full responsibility” for Mali’s crisis. The announcement came a day after heads of the 15-nation bloc ECOWAS stood by Keita and urged him to forge a unity government and resolve…

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