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    ECOWAS and COVID-19: Dressing ‘Ceasar’ in borrowed robes

ECOWAS and COVID-19: Dressing ‘Ceasar’ in borrowed robes

BY RAYMOND NKANNEBE As though the humiliation of Nigerians by the absent leadership they have been forced to contend with under President Muhammadu Buhari since the country recorded its index case of the Covid-19 global pandemic wasn’t enough, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) ─ a sub-regional political and economic organization (which has Nigeria as one of its prized [...]

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    ECOWAS on COVID-19: Economic growth rate may drop by 1.3%

ECOWAS on COVID-19: Economic growth rate may drop by 1.3%

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says the economic growth of the region may drop by 1.3% if the coronavirus pandemic ends in June. In a statement after the virtual summit held by the sub-regional heads on Thursday , the organisation said it had initially projected the growth rate at 3.3%, but it may fall to 2%. The regional organisation [...]

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    ECOWAS names Buhari COVID-19 champion

ECOWAS names Buhari COVID-19 champion

Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have appointed President Muhammadu Buhari as the champion that will coordinate the COVID-19 response in the sub-region.  The sub-regional heads held a virtual summit on Thursday. Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, announced the appointment on Twitter. ECOWAS leaders at an extraordinary summit held by video conference have appointed President Muhammadu Buhari as Champion that [...]

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    COVID-19: ECOWAS leaders to hold virtual summit as region records 5,774 cases

COVID-19: ECOWAS leaders to hold virtual summit as region records 5,774 cases

Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will hold a virtual summit on Thursday to discuss ways to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the region.  In a statement on Wednesday, the organisation said the heads of state of member countries will assess the situation and impact of the disease on the region. According to daily updates from the West [...]

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    West Africa records 100 COVID-19 deaths

West Africa records 100 COVID-19 deaths

At least 100 people have died from complications of COVID-19 in 15 countries across the West African region. This is according to the data obtained from the West African Health Organisation (WAHO). On Wednesday, the report on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) regional update showed that the death rate climbed from 96 recorded the previous day to 100. The figures indicate [...]

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    West Africa records 3,796 COVID-19 cases, 96 deaths

West Africa records 3,796 COVID-19 cases, 96 deaths

West Africa has recorded a total of 3,796 COVID-19 cases and 96 deaths across 15 countries. This is according to the data obtained from the West African Health Organisation (WAHO). On Tuesday, the report on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) regional update showed that about 802 people have recovered from the disease, with 2,895 active cases across the region. With [...]

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    Coronavirus: We’ll evacuate Nigerians from China if need arises, says FG

Coronavirus: We’ll evacuate Nigerians from China if need arises, says FG

Olorunibe Mamora, minister of state for health, says the federal government will evacuate Nigerians living in Wuhan, China if the need arises. Mamora said this on Monday while addressing a press conference after a meeting with ministers of health of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Abuja. The meeting was on the region's preparedness and response to the Covid-19 [...]

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    FG: Take-off time of ECOWAS single currency has to be extended

FG: Take-off time of ECOWAS single currency has to be extended

The federal government says the time for the implementation of "Eco", the proposed single currency for Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), should be extended. In July, ECOWAS members agreed that eco will be launched in January 2020. They also agreed that a flexible currency regime would be adopted. While eight, mostly francophone countries — Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau (Portuguese-speaking), Ivory Coast, [...]

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    Burkina Faso president leads ECOWAS panel to probe Nigeria’s border closure

Burkina Faso president leads ECOWAS panel to probe Nigeria’s border closure

President Roch Kabore of Burkina Faso has been appointed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to head a panel that will investigate the closure of Nigeria's land borders to its neighbours. The decision of the regional body was arrived at on Sunday night after an extraordinary meeting of ECOWAS leaders was convened on the margins of the 33rd [...]

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    Like Nigeria, Ghana adopts caution on ECOWAS single currency

Like Nigeria, Ghana adopts caution on ECOWAS single currency

The Ghanian government says it will proceed with caution before adopting the single currency proposed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) -- days after endorsing the adoption of Eco by eight countries in the subregion. At its 55th ordinary session in July, the heads of the 15-member countries had agreed to launch ECO, its proposed single currency, in [...]

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    Lai: 95 percent of arms for kidnapping, banditry come through land borders

Lai: 95 percent of arms for kidnapping, banditry come through land borders

Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, says 95 percent of arms used in kidnapping and banditry in the country come through the porous land borders. Speaking on Monday at the Seme border, the minister said neighbouring countries have not been playing by the rules as regards the ECOWAS protocol.  “Overtime, Nigeria has been confronted with numerous trans-border economic and security challenges. [...]

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    Nigeria gives conditions to reopen land borders

Nigeria gives conditions to reopen land borders

The federal government has given conditions that ECOWAS member states must adhere to before reopening its land borders. Geoffrey Onyeama, foreign affairs minister, gave the conditions during the meeting of inter ministerial committee on the temporary partial closure of land borders held in Abuja on Monday. He said that the conditions were spelt out by the country’s inter-ministerial committee to protect the nation’s [...]

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    Buhari: Boko Haram acquires sophisticated weapons with ease

Buhari: Boko Haram acquires sophisticated weapons with ease

President Muhammadu Buhari has told West African leaders that the ease with which terrorist groups, including Boko Haram access funds and acquire sophisticated weapons is a serious concern. Buhari said this during the extraordinary summit of ECOWAS heads of state and government on counter-terrorism, taking place in Burkina Faso. The president said though West African countries have made significant progress in combating [...]

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    Buhari finally agrees to sign AfCFTA

Buhari finally agrees to sign AfCFTA

President Muhammadu Buhari will sign the agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) this weekend. The presidency announced this via Twitter on Wednesday. According to the tweet, Buhari will sign the agreement at the 12th Extraordinary Summit of the African Union scheduled to hold from July 4 to July 8 in Niamey, Niger Republic. His resolve to sign the treaty comes after "extensive [...]

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    Niger president succeeds Buhari as ECOWAS chairman

Niger president succeeds Buhari as ECOWAS chairman

President Issoufou Mahamadou of Niger has been elected the new chairman of the Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS). Mahamadou was elected on Saturday at the end of the ordinary session of the ECOWAS authority of heads of state and government which held in Abuja. He succeeds President Muhammadu Buhari who was elected in July 2018. Buhari took the mantle from President Faure [...]

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    We must join forces to fight insecurity, Buhari tells ECOWAS leaders

We must join forces to fight insecurity, Buhari tells ECOWAS leaders

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on leaders across West Africa to join forces together in the fight against insecurity. Buhari, who is the chairman of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), said this on Saturday at the 55th ordinary session of the authority of heads of state and government of ECOWAS. The president said while member countries are making individual efforts to [...]

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