Mr Jean-Claude Brou, President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, has said that the community has resumed convergence to launch of the ECOWAS single currency “ECO” in 2027.
Brou made this known on Tuesday while delivering reports of the ECOWAS Commission before the ECOWAS Parliament during the ongoing 2022 First Ordinary Session of the Parliament in Abuja.
Brou said that the process of launching the single currency was stalled following the outbreak of the COVID-19 Pandemic from 2020, as countries needed to focus on handling the pandemic.
He explained that the convergence criteria had to be thorough so that the currency once implemented will serve the citizens effectively.
“We had to suspend that in 2022, 2021. We are looking at 2022 to 2026 to be able to create conditions that will enable us to stabilise the economies.
“And so, 2027 we go back to the currency. The process of the performance criteria is always prioritised if we want to be in a very favorable condition to introduce the single currency.
“Because you can introduce the currency but what is required is that it should be of quality.
“In other words, it should serve the needs of the population and also should inspire confidence and trust in in the population.
“So that is the main objective, to ensure that the convergence criteria is been followed,” Brou said.
Rep. Awaji Abiante, Member of the ECOWAS Parliament and Nigerian lawmaker representing Andoni- Federal Constituency of Rivers, said that the delay in the launch of the currency is to avoid any form of crisis.
Speaking to journalists on the sideline of the session, Abiante said that the single currency is work in progress and there is hope that sometimes it will work.
“Every good thing comes with its challenges so getting the economies of the 15 member states to agree on that transaction and how it can be moved forward.
“If it is hurried, definitely it could run into crisis so it is good to have every aspect of it discussed, agreement reached, such that it will be implementable,” Abiante said.
On the sustainability and benefits of the currency, Abiante said that until it is implemented, one cannot say how viable it would be.
“Whatever anybody says, it is just going to be mere projections, it is only when it is implemented that you will see the benefits.
“But simply put, it will ease transactions, it will open up the economies, it will make it freeer for people to engage in both commercial and industrial activities,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in June 2019, the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of States and Government committed to having a single currency and adopted the name “ECO” during its Extraordinary Session in Abuja.
The currency was expected to be launched in 2020. (
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, together with presidents of four countries, attended the official opening of the Liberian bicentennial commemoration events in Monrovia on Monday.
Osinbajo was received at Roberts International Airport, Monrovia, by the President of Liberia, Dr. Jewel Taylor, and Mr. Godfrey Odudigbo, Nigerian Ambassador to Liberia.
The event, held at Samuel Doe Stadium, marks the arrival of the first free black Americans on Providence Island in 1822 (200 years ago).
The arrival of free black Americans led to the establishment of the city of Monrovia and the Republic of Liberia in 1847.
Liberia is the oldest republic in Africa.
The celebration was labeled "Liberian: The Land of Return, Commemoration of 200 Years of Pan-African Freedom and Leadership" and the theme "National Peace and Reconciliation".
The presidents who attended the ceremony were Faure Gnassingbe from Togo, Julius Bio from Sierra Leone, Adama Barrow from Gambia and Mohammed Bazoum from the Republic of Niger.
Other countries that were represented in an official capacity were the United States, South Africa, Gabon, Ghana, the Secretary General of the UN, among others.
The event featured bicentennial parades and a cultural exhibit.
In her special statement, Mrs. Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first female head of state and former President of Liberia, thanked guests for honoring Liberia and its President at the event.
In his special statement, Dr. Jean-Claude Brou, Chairman of the ECOWAS Commission, said that the regional body was pleased to be part of Liberia's bicentennial celebration.
Brou expressed his gratitude to Liberia for its continued support to ECOWAS in maintaining peace in the region.
In his bicentennial message, President George Weah said he was excited to have the opportunity to serve the country as president and pledged to uphold his 200-year legacy.
He called for peace and national unity and urged Liberians to coexist peacefully despite their diversity.
“National unity and reconciliation are the foundations on which we must build our nation.
“It must become the imperative agenda of all current and future national development policies
"The projects and programs that emanate from these policies must focus on eliminating all forms of discrimination and exclusion in Liberia," he said.
Osinbajo, the presidents present and the official representatives of the countries received the Liberian National Awards.
By Ifeanyi Nwoko / Henrietta Deme
Stakeholders in the West African sub-region met on Tuesday to discuss priorities for ensuring safe, orderly and regular migration, as enshrined in the Global Compact for Migration (GCM).
Representatives of the International Organization (IOM), the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), who are at the top of the list of stakeholders, organize a consultation of 3 days on the implementation of the Global Compact.
The Global Compact is the first agreement negotiated at the intergovernmental level, prepared under the auspices of the United Nations, covering all dimensions of international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner.
This is happening even as all member states agree that migration is very important for the economic development of the sub-region, with foreign remittances by migrants now exceeding foreign direct investment (FDI).
Ghanaian Interior Minister Ambrose Dery, who declared the consultation open, said migration has become very important for the socio-economic development of Africa.
Citing available statistics, he said with migrant remittances now exceeding FDI, migration issues should be prioritized so that its benefits "are exploited while limiting its limitations."
“Migration, as we know, has assumed an important role in the global agenda due to its prospects for social and economic development and has been recognized by policy makers and leaders of nations.
“In Ghana, for example, the contribution of migrants has played a big role in shaping our national development over the years.
“We cannot ignore the many benefits of migration, for example, the flow of remittances from migrants to African countries is now expected to exceed foreign direct investment and official national assistance.
“The complex migration dynamics facing Member States means that in addition to the benefits of migration, there are also challenges. "
He said some of the specific challenges of migration included the movement of people from rural areas to urban centers, resulting in rapid urbanization.
Dery also said the growing trend of trafficking, smuggling of migrants and abuse of migrants' rights were also among the challenges.
He added that migration remains a hot issue in Africa and that one area African countries need to harness and develop new policies and evolve a national agenda on migration.
The minister stressed the need to nip the root causes of irregular migration in the bud so that young Africans can stop risking their lives.
“GCM offers a perspective of improving migration governance and responding to the challenges facing migration while enhancing the contributions of migrants and migration to sustainable development.
“It also complements the Sustainable Development Goals and provides a framework for international cooperation,” he said.
Speaking, Nigerian Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar, said migration has its own economic and social values that need to be harnessed.
The minister who was represented by Professor Fatima Azi, director general of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), said the coronavirus pandemic had exposed the vulnerability of migrants.
She said there should be collaboration on the global stage to deal with migration issues, stressing that West Africa takes migration issues seriously.
“Migration issues have provoked the most exchanges of values, cultures and resources which have contributed to unity in diversity in the ECOWAS region.
“We have a rich diaspora base whose social and economic remittances help the government achieve desired development goals,” she said.
However, she said that there were negative impacts around migration which however need to be addressed, hence the need for collaborative efforts of all actors to manage migration.
For her part, IOM's Senior Regional Advisor for Sub-Saharan Africa, Aissata Kane, acknowledged that the presence of the AU, ECOWAS and the United Nations Regional Migration Network for Africa 'West and Central was a clear demonstration of their commitment to the joint commitment to better governance of migration.
She explained that the PMM was not just a set of goals to be implemented by all stakeholders, but rather a shared vision that migration can benefit migrants, their communities and their countries, if it is is well-managed and people-centered.
She informed participants that the African regional review of the GMC had just been concluded with African countries committing to the 23 GMC goals, noting that this was a sign of progress.
Kane also noted that in West Africa, ECOWAS was committed to facilitating mobility through its 1979 Protocol on the Free Movement of People and Goods.
“The exchange between ECOWAS member states is crucial. I am convinced that what brings us together is the common and shared approach to migration which we see as a source of opportunity rather than a problem-solving challenge.
“This is in fact what the Global Compact for Migration aims to support.
“The Global Compact lays the foundation for renewed and strengthened partnerships, which reflect multifaceted priorities and coherent and complementary responses to emerging challenges related to migration and, more importantly, to its formidable opportunities.
“This engagement is particularly relevant with the number of ECOWAS countries that are GCM champions such as Ghana, Nigeria, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal and more recently Niger,” she said.
The Senior Advisor underlined that for IOM, the Global Compact offers an approach that fits perfectly into the new working methods of the United Nations to meet the development priorities of West Africa.
In his welcoming speech to the participants, ECOWAS President Jean Claude-Brou said that while migration is an integral part of development, it also portends risks, hence the consultation on the PMM.
Brou, who was represented by Albert Boateng of the ECOWAS Commission, said that ECOWAS over the years had preserved the achievements of regional integration and that he said they were essential for a successful implementation. of PMM.
“We do not dispute that there are still gaps in the context of migration within the region. The citizens of the community continue to migrate irregularly, losing their lives as they embark on these perilous journeys.
“It is in this regard that the ECOWAS Commission since its inception has put in place policies, frameworks and tools to ensure that migration is undertaken in a safe, orderly and regular manner.
“In addition to these internal policies, the ECOWAS Commission and its member states have aligned their practices with policies related to international migration for which the PMM is a major key framework.
“I firmly believe that the ECOWAS Community has the capacity to implement and operationalize the PMM,” he said.
He therefore called on Member States to tackle the drivers of migration that reduce poverty, create jobs and promote good governance.
It also tasked ECOWAS countries to design and implement interventions promoting the full implementation of the 1979 ECOWAS Free Movement Protocol and to promote and support the movement of labor within the region. region.
He also called on members to invest in border management tools and initiatives and to establish high standards of border management and fair and transparent immigration processes.
Amb. Zubairu Dada, Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, on Thursday called for an investigation into the fire outbreak at the headquarters of the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja to ascertain the cause.
Dada made the call during his visit to the commission’s headquarters over the incident, which occurred on Tuesday night in Abuja.
“The purpose of our visit is to sympathise with the ECOWAS Commission over the fire incident that engulfed some parts of the headquarters.
“We are here to show our solidarity and support at all times, in the spirit of the African brotherhood,” Dada said.
He, however, sympathised with the organisation and commended the fire fighters for the timely intervention in containing the fire.
Receiving the Minister, Mr Jean-Claude Brou, President of the ECOWAS Commission thanked the Nigerian government for its show of concern.
Brou said the cause of the fire was not yet known, but investigations were underway to ascertain the exact cause of the fire.
“We are conducting a thorough investigation with the fire department because we want to know exactly what has happened and how it happened,” he said.
Brou said the commission would ensure that the public were informed about the exact situation when the result of the investigation was out, adding, ”hopefully it should be ready in a few days.”
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a part of the Commission’s building, precisely the floor of the Finance and Accounts Department was engulfed by the fire.
Edited By: JaneFrances Oraka/Felix Ajide (NAN)
The Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government will discuss the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its impact on the West African sub-region when they meet via a virtual Extraordinary Session on April 23.
The Media and Communications Department of the ECOWAS Commission disclosed this in a statement released in Abuja on Wednesday.
According to the commission, ECOWAS has provided financial support to member countries for the purchase of medial equipment and other essential supplies to strengthen the fight against COVID-19.
It stated that preceding the Extraordinary Summit, the ministers in charge of finance and the governors of the various national central banks in the sub-region would also hold a virtual Extraordinary Session on April 22.
It added that the governors of the central banks would also be discussing on the COVID-19 situation and the financial impact on the sub-region’s economies.
“To address the COVID-19 situation in the sub-region, ECOWAS had immediately made available financial support.
“In addition to assistance from international partners, for the purchase of medical supplies and equipment essential for the fight against the pandemic.
“As of April 20, 2020, according to the West African Health Organisation (WAHO) data, the 15 member states have recorded 5,474 confirmed cases, 1,567 recoveries, 140 deaths, and 3,767 active cases.
“ECOWAS reaffirms its solidarity with member states and welcomes all the measures already taken to contain the spread of the pandemic and care for the sick,” the commission said.
The draft agenda of the summits stated that the meeting would commence at 10 a.m with an opening statement by Niger’s Republic President, Issoufou Mahamadou who is also Chairman of the Authority.
Mr Jean-Claude Brou, President of the ECOWAS Commission is expected to brief the Authority of Heads of State and Government on the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the sub-region.
There will also be statements by Chairperson of the African Union, Moussa Mahamat and Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa and Sahel (UNOWAS).
Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)
Mr Jean-Claude Brou, President of the ECOWAS Commission has sympathised with President Muhammadu Buhari over the death of his Chief of Staff, Mr Abba Kyari.
Brou in a condolence letter in Abuja, described the death of Kyari as a loss to Nigeria and the ECOWAS sub-region.
“I received the sad news of the demise of Alhaji Abba Kyari, your Chief of Staff, due to complications caused by the Coronavirus.
“We at ECOWAS feel your pain as Alhaji Kyari was a loyal friend and compatriot of yours for the last 42 years.
“His death is very shocking and it is a painful loss to his family, his country and to us at ECOWAS.
“I remember that after the audience your Excellency granted me on Friday, March 20, Alhaji Kyari and I spoke at length about various issues regarding our region.
“Since my appointment, as President of ECOWAS Commission, I have greatly benefitted from his experience and indepth knowledge of regional issues.
“May God give your family, friends and associates the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss. Please accept your Excellency, our sincere condolences”, Brou stated.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
In a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease in West Africa, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has directed the establishment of Committees on Coronavirus Management in all its institutions.
It also placed stringent restriction on meetings and missions as well as cancelled all prior approvals for meetings or mission, directing all institutions, committees or missions to seek fresh approvals for events that were not already ongoing.
A statement issued by ECOWAS President Jean-Claude Brou, noted that the virus had infected more than 168,000 people in over 140 countries including some in West Africa, and has killed more than 6,000.
Brou pointed out that already, 38 cases had been reported with zero death across Senegal (26), Burkina Faso (3), Cote d’Ivoire (3), Nigeria (2), Ghana (2), Guinea (1) and Togo (1), stressing the need for greater preventive measures.
While assuring that the sub-regional body stood in solidarity with all the affected countries, the ECOWAS President said that stringent measures must now be taken to curb further spread and avert further negative health, social and economic impact.
“ECOWAS remains committed to its mandate and the safety of their staff and other stakeholders. In this regard, ECOWAS would therefore take all necessary preventive and containment measures to mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
“A Committee on Corona Virus Management is hereby established at the ECOWAS Commission and all other ECOWAS Institutions and Agencies are requested to establish a similar Committee;
“In pursuance of appropriate measures to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, and to ensure that staff are available for possible deployment to support Member States, the ECOWAS Commission on the advice of West African Health Organization (WAHO) has decided in the abundance of caution that effective immediately:
“Only critically necessary missions will be approved; All Missions that have not started will be resubmitted to the Head of Institution for approval; WAHO Covid 19 Guidance for ECOWAS Missions will apply after approval.
“All staff who have been on mission to any high burden country or country with local transmission within 2 weeks of returning to their duty station should go into self-isolation for fourteen (14) calendar days, counting day 1 as the day the staff left the hotspot country. Transit at the airport does not apply,” he said.
ECOWAS also suspended until further notice, all meetings involving participants traveling on international flights and discouraged all local meetings involving more than 50 participants.
For the approved meetings, its said that the rule of social distancing must be applied while encouraging the use of technology for meetings with international participants.
The Commission president urged any staff that develops any symptoms of fever, cough, and difficulty in breathing to not only self-isolate but should also call dedicated telephone number or Covid 19 Toll free number in the Member State where they work.
Brou called on staffers to take care of their health and protect other people.
“All staff members and other stakeholders are advised to comply with the health advisory on the Covid-19 virus issued by WAHO and the national or regional centre for disease control.
“I urge all staff not to panic but ensure that they remain calm and healthy. All staff are advised to go about their normal duties calmly whilst practicing personal hygiene and social distancing in a professional manner,” he said.
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The Authority of the ECOWAS Heads of State and Governments have adopted the 2020 to 2024 Action Plan to eradicate terrorism in the sub-region with a budget of 2.3 billion dollars.
The Authority adopted the budget implementation during its 56th Ordinary Session held in Abuja following the call for the urgent need to address the recurring terrorist attacks in Member States .
This was made known in the final communiqué read by Mr Jean-Claude Brou, President of the ECOWAS Commission and made available to the Media on Monday in Abuja.
According to the communiqué, the Authority agreed that out of the 2.3 billion dollars, One billion dollars would be financed from internal funds.
It stated that the Authority expressed grave concern at the resurgence of terrorist attacks, targeted at the defence, security forces, civilians and the social and economic structures and places of worship.
The ECOWAS Presidents reaffirmed their determination to leave no stone unturned in eradicating terrorism in the region, expressing solidarity with the people and governments of affected Member States.
“The money is intended for the provision of equipment to support the defence forces of Member States, training of relevant bodies and effective intelligence sharing.
“The Authority instructs the President of the Commission to immediately set up an inclusive and transparent mechanism to manage funds mobilized for the implementation of the action plan.
“The Authority further instructs the President of the Commission to ensure the speedy disbursement of the resources mobilized in other to respond efficiently to the urgent situation.
“The Authority decides to focus efforts in 2020 and 2021, on the implementation of activities expected to quickly contribute in checking the increase and spread of terrorist attacks.
“The Authority urges international partners to provide substantial support for the implementation of the action plan.
“To this end, it instructs the President of the Commission to organise as soon as possible a donor conference to mobilise funds, in addition to the internal resources identified by the Authority.
“The Authority instructs the President to build strong partnerships with all stakeholders in counter terrorism in the region. The Partnership should be built on complimentary initiatives to avoid duplication of efforts,” the communiqué stated.
According to the Communique, on the creation of the monetary union, the Authority commended the Ministerial Committee for the progress made with the implementation of the ECOWAS Single Currency Programme.
The Authority while welcoming the improved macroeconomic convergence outlook in 2019 urged Member States to continue efforts to comply with the convergence criteria.
The Heads of States and Government adopted “EC” as symbol for the single currency, adopting the name “ Central Bank of West Africa (CBWA)” as the name of the ECOWAS Central Bank.
On the free movement of persons and goods, the Authority reinterates the need for all Member States to fully implement the Protocol on Free Movement as it relates to the rights of entry, residence and establishment.
The Authority also took note of the challenges of the implementation of the protocol of Free Movement of Persons and Goods arising from the partial closure of the Nigerian land borders to goods.
They however urged the Tripitite Ministerial Committee comprising Benin, Niger and Nigeria to quickly conclude its work in other to resolve all existing border issues.
Contained in the communiqué, the Heads of States and Government also encouraged the ECOWAS Commission, in collaboration with Member States to step up efforts for the implementation of regional infrastructure project.
This they explained was with a view to opening up some countries, ensuring seamless intra-community trade and improving security.
The Authority also took note of the request of support of Member States applying for positions in International and Regional organizations and vacancies reserved for ECOWAS Member States at the United Nations in 2020.
According to the communiqué, to this end, the Heads of States and Governments supported the candidacy of Dr Akinwumi Adesina, for a second term as President of the African Development Bank.
The communiqué stated that the date of the 57th Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of States and Government would be communicated at a later date, after consultations with the Heads of states and Government.
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Financing action plans to combat terrorism ravaging ECOWAS Member States has been listed as top agenda among other matters to be discussed during the 83rd Ordinary Session of ECOWAS Council of Ministers.
Mr Kalla Ankouroa, Chairman of the Council and Niger Republic’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, made this known on Tuesday in Abuja, at the opening of the Ministerial Session.
Ankouroa said that the Council of Ministers would be considering the financing of the action plan for counter terrorism in line with the decisions of the extraordinary ordinary summit of Heads of States.
According to him, dealing with the new threats to security posed by terrorism was a matter of urgency which requires the commitment of Member-States.
Ankouroa said that considering the importance of the issue, deliberations on the security situation of the sub-region was a major concern during the Mediation and Security Council meeting on Dec. 16, leading to the adoption of the Plan of Action.
He said that following the consideration of various items on the agenda, the reports from the Council would be submitted to the Heads of States and Governments with appropriate recommendations.
He said that the Council of Ministers meeting also seeks to brainstorm on political and economic issues, humanitarian crises, climate change and social development challenges confronting the sub-region with a bid to proffering solutions.
“Today, we brainstormed on the state of our community, considered ways of advancing the regional agenda of our region, and came up with appropriate responses to the various challenges facing us today.
“In addition to the recurring issues of economic and social development of our people and the issues of enhancing democracy, we have to deal with new threats affecting our regions.
“The major issues bordered on security due to terrorism, and the effect of climate change on our systems of production and the humanitarian crises.
“We expect members of the council to put heads together constructively and productively in furtherance to the commitment of tackling the issues.
“At this 83rd ordinary session, we are going to be considering the financing of the action plan for counter-terrorism in line with the decisions of the extraordinary summit.
“It is an important issue for our deliberations which was already considered yesterday in the Mediation and Security Council which adopted the Plan of Action. ”
Ankouroa encouraged Member States to improve the efficiency of all the institutions in order to achieve the fundamental objectives of the process of integration.
Also speaking, Amb. Zubairu Dada, Nigeria’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said that the end of the year Statutory ECOWAS Council of Ministers serves as a platform where thematic issues of the community are deliberated upon.
Dada said that experts had met and deliberated on most of the items in the agenda, especially the 2020 budget of the Community.
“We, therefore, have the onerous task of considering the work; it is expected that the delegates will make fruitful contributions to issues raised before the meeting.
“We must provide useful information that will guide our principals’ decisions, especially as ECOWAS is moving from ECOWAS of Community to ECOWAS of the people.”
In his remaks, Mr Jean-Claude Brou, President, ECOWAS Commission, said that the Ordinary Session of Ministers creates an opportunity for the Commission to present the state of the Community to representatives of Members States.
Brou said that this would give them the opportunity to make recommendations and decisions that would advance the progress of the community.
He said that the ECOWAS Commission would make presentations on the state of the Community, the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (ACFTA), financial reports, the 2020 budget and programmes of the community.
The ECOWAS Commission President said that the 83rd Ordinary Session of the Council of Ministers would also remind the community on the urgency of the security issue.
“The important issue of the funding of the five-year action plan to combat terrorism will be touched; you remember we discussed it at the extraordinary summit that took place on Sept. 14 Ouagadougou,” Brou said.
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has tasked ECOWAS to make education the foundation of its regional development agenda.
Mr Dennis Zulu, Director, International Labour Organisation (ILO) Country Office for Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone said this at a ministerial meeting on the Child Policy and Plan of Action in Abuja on Friday.
Zulu urged policy makers and other stakeholders to effectively address multiple barriers faced by children, particularly girls, in accessing education.
“Education must be the foundation for ECOWAS development agenda; education empowers children across the region and helps them achieve their maximum potential.
“Research shows that the rate of child or forced marriage is highest among girls with little or no formal education; schools create protective environments against child marriage,” he said.
He said that forced labour and child marriage were development, humanitarian and security challenges that required concerted efforts to eliminate.
“All West African governments can develop and implement national action plans to end child labour and child marriages and support girls who are already married,” he said.
President of the ECOWAS Commission, Mr Jean-Claude Brou, also charged member states on the implementation of the reviewed Child Policy and Strategic Plan of Action.
Brou represented by Dr Siga Jagne, Commissioner, Social Affairs and Gender, said the reviewed policy and action plan was aimed at tackling issues relating to the vulnerabilities of children and end child marriage.
He said that emerging challenges in the region necessitated the need for the commission to examine, review and develop a new child policy and plan of action.
He added that the commission was able to formulate a declaration and roadmap to prevent and respond to child marriage.
“The ECOWAS Commission is committed to prioritising, mobilising and allocating the necessary resources to address the multifaceted issues affecting children in West Africa.
“The ECOWAS management is placing emphasis on coordinated approach and implementation between the departments to leverage and scale up our interventions,’’ he said.
He further called on participants to consider the frameworks as a resource and guide to be implemented based on local priorities.
Ms Marie-Pierre Poirier, Regional Director, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), West and Central Africa, said the review would present a platform to scale-up action on the regional child rights agenda.
The regional director was represented by Mr Mohamed Fall, UNICEF Nigeria Representative.
Poirier also urged member states to increase investments in girls’ education and strategic child rights outlined in the Child Policy to facilitate regional development.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the ministers would endorse the reviewed documents which would be presented to the Council of Ministers and the Authority of Heads of State and Government.
NAN also reports that the reviewed ECOWAS Child Policy and Strategic Plan of Action would cover the period of 2019 to 2023.
Edited by: Julius Toba-Jegede