Monday, February 19, 2018

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    ECOWAS slaps sanctions on Guinea-Bissau, freezes assets of politicians

ECOWAS slaps sanctions on Guinea-Bissau, freezes assets of politicians

ECOWAS has imposed sanctions on 20 Guinea-Bissau politicians and businessmen, including travel bans and asset freezes, accusing them of undermining efforts to resolve a prolonged political crisis.The sanctions were prompted by President Jose Vaz's nomination of Augusto Antonio Artur da Silva to the post of prime minister, in violation of a 2016 ECOWAS-brokered deal.Under the ECOWAS deal aimed at ending the [...]

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    FG to increase taxes on tobacco, alcohol

FG to increase taxes on tobacco, alcohol

Kemi Adeosun, minister of finance, says the federal government is working on policies to increase excise tax on tobacco and alcohol.She said this while speaking at the ECOWAS financial council of ministers in Abuja on Friday.Adeosun was represented by Mahmoud Dutse, permanent secretary of the ministry.Edward Singhatey, ECOWAS vice president, said the commission would increase excise duties on tobacco and other unhealthy [...]

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    Understanding Morocco’s application to join ECOWAS

Understanding Morocco’s application to join ECOWAS

Three weeks after the African Union decided on 30 January 2017 to readmit it following a 33-year absence, Morocco, which until then enjoyed the status of a sovereign Observer, announced on 24 February that it had applied to join the 15-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). In Monrovia, Liberia, on 5 June, the Summit meeting of the 51st [...]

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    Falana writes ECOWAS, kicks against Morocco’s bid to join regional body

Falana writes ECOWAS, kicks against Morocco’s bid to join regional body

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, has written a letter to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), protesting the “illegal” admission of Morocco into the community.In a letter dated October 27, Falana said Morocco was “erroneously” admitted into the union by the authority of heads of states and government of the member states.ECOWAS is made up of fifteen states - Benin, [...]

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    Don’t rush into single currency, Buhari warns ECOWAS

Don’t rush into single currency, Buhari warns ECOWAS

President Muhammadu Buhari has warned the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) against rushing into currency integration.The regional body is targetting 2020 for the achievement of this goal.But in his speech at the fourth meeting of the presidential task force on the ECOWAS currency programme, Buhari said the framework for implementing the single currency agenda in the sub-region was not [...]

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    Osinbajo asks ECOWAS to do more in tackling health challenges

Osinbajo asks ECOWAS to do more in tackling health challenges

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has charged member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to do more in tackling health emergencies.Speaking before declaring open the 18th assembly of health ministers in Abuja on Friday, the acting president called for concerted effort in tackling diseases like malaria and tuberculosis of which the region has a high burden.He also [...]

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    Canada pledges $1.9m to child health programme in Nigeria, Ghana

Canada pledges $1.9m to child health programme in Nigeria, Ghana

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC), a Canadian government agency , says it is contributing 2.6m Canadian dollars ($1.9m) to the funding of a maternal and child health programme in Nigeria and in five other West African countries - Ghana, Mali, Senegal, Benin and Burkina Faso.Nigeria currently has a high incidence of maternal mortality. According to the United Nations ‎Population [...]

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    To fight Ebola, Lassa fever ECOWAS to adopt ‘one health’ approach

To fight Ebola, Lassa fever ECOWAS to adopt ‘one health’ approach

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is set to adopt a "one health" approach to fight infectious diseases like Ebola, Lassa fever, Yellow fever and avian influenza.One health approach involves multi-sector coordination - human, animal and environmental health - in combating epidemics.The approach is promoted by the World Health Organisation (WHO), but it has not been formalised in [...]

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    Health ministers from West Africa meet to address maternal mortality

Health ministers from West Africa meet to address maternal mortality

A meeting of health ministers from ECOWAS member countries has kicked off in Abuja.The meeting, which is held annually, is organised by the West African Health Organisation (WAHO).Speaking with journalists at the ECOWAS secretariat on Tuesday, Kofi Busai, director of primary health at WAHO, said this year's meeting is looking at ways to reducing maternal mortality in the region.Nigeria currently [...]

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    Israeli PM to visit West Africa for the first time in 50 years

Israeli PM to visit West Africa for the first time in 50 years

Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel, is scheduled to attend the 51st summit of heads of state of ECOWAS in Liberia on Sunday.This is the first time in more than 50 years that an Israeli prime minister will visit West Africa.Golda Meir, a former prime minister of the country, visited Nigeria in the 1960s.Tony Obiechina, senior media and political officer of [...]

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    Don’t support mutineers, Nigerian govt tells Ivorians

Don’t support mutineers, Nigerian govt tells Ivorians

The federal government has told citizens of Ivory Coast to refrain from giving support to protesting soldiers.Last week, aggrieved soldiers took to the streets of Abidjan and Bouake, the two major cities in the country, to mount pressure on the government to pay their bonuses.The security personnel firied guns in the air and later sealed off roads, causing panic in a [...]

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    EU offers €2m for mop-up of illicit arms in Nigeria

EU offers €2m for mop-up of illicit arms in Nigeria

The European Union (EU) has provided €2.13m for the mop-up of illicit arms in Nigeria.The flow of small arms across the country has been a trigger of conflicts in several parts.It is estimated that three million illicit arms are in circulation in the country.The mop-up funds will be dispensed through an initiative tagged,  'ECOWAS-EU Small Arms Project', which will be [...]

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    ECOWAS troops disarm Gambia’s army, take over Jammeh’s village

ECOWAS troops disarm Gambia’s army, take over Jammeh’s village

The ECOWAS Military Intervention in The Gambia (ECOMIG) has disarmed some Gambian soldiers, and taken over the military installation in Yahya Jammeh’s home village of Kanilai.Kanilai came under heavy shelling  from ECOMIG troops on Thursday.The troops have been reported to have seized the military barracks in the border town of Farafenni as part of strengthening security across the country.AP quoted reliable [...]

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    Nigeria deploys troops, fighter jets in Senegal to remove Jammeh

Nigeria deploys troops, fighter jets in Senegal to remove Jammeh

The Nigeria air force says it has deployed a standby force in Senegal to enforce the resolution of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in The Gambia. ECOWAS had resolved to take action against Yahya Jammeh, president of the Gambia, if he refuses to leave office after losing an election to Adama Barrow in December 2016.The air force announced [...]

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    Jammeh ‘files’ suit to stop Barrow’s inauguration

Jammeh ‘files’ suit to stop Barrow’s inauguration

President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia says he has filed an injunction to prevent Adama Barrow from taking office on Thursday.Jammeh said the January 19 date for his mandate to come to an end is not “carved in stone”.He wants the supreme court to hear his suit against the election commission before he considers leaving office.Jammeh has called President Ellen [...]

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    Barrow ‘won’t return’ to Gambia until end of Jammeh’s tenure

Barrow ‘won’t return’ to Gambia until end of Jammeh’s tenure

Gambia's president-elect Adama Barrow is to remain in Senegal until Thursday when the tenure of President Yahya Jammeh will be officially over.Quoting APS, a Senegalese media outfit, the BBC said the move was requested by ECOWAS leaders after the security summit in Mali.At the summit, Barrow was referred to as president.He left Banjul, capital of Gambia, after ECOWAS leaders, who [...]

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