ECOWAS Should Strengthen Its Political Stability Role- Pres. Jonathan

ECOWAS Should Strengthen Its Political Stability Role- Pres. Jonathan


President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has challenged the Economic Community of West African States’ Commission not to limit its activities and energies to economic cooperation only, but should strengthen its regional political stability role.  

 

President Jonathan was speaking to ECOWAS Commissioners, led by the President of the Commission, Mr. Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, at State House Tuesday.

 

He said, ‘the founding fathers established an economic union, but current realities dictate that your efforts to ensure political stability of the region is in the right direction and should be strengthened’.

 

President Jonathan commended the Commission’s prompt action to ensure that the sub-region’s voice is heard at the meeting of the United Nations’ Security Council on Mali, scheduled for tomorrow in New York, adding that it was necessary for the African-led International Support Mission to Mali, AFISMA, to get a UN peace-keeping mandate.

 

The President appreciated the Commission’s efforts to restore peace and security in Guinea Bissau, and its pre-emptive action to prevent instability in other countries in the sub-region.  

 

President Jonathan also said building a Nigeria – Cote d’Ivoire – Senegal highway and railway would be a more effective and faster approach to economic integration, as these forms of transportation would facilitate easier movement of goods and people in the sub-region.

 

Earlier, the ECOWAS Commission president, Mr. Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, had told President Jonathan that they were focused on peace and security, free movement of persons and goods, infrastructural development, food security, human resources development and institutional reform.

 

Mr. Ouedraogo thanked President Jonathan for sending Nigerian troops to Mali and mediating the crisis, and briefed him on the situation in Guinea Bissau, the ECOWAS Common External Tariff, and reviewed customs tariffs in the sub-region.

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President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has challenged the Economic Community of West African States’ Commission not to limit its activities and energies to economic cooperation only, but should strengthen its regional political stability role.  

 

President Jonathan was speaking to ECOWAS Commissioners, led by the President of the Commission, Mr. Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, at State House Tuesday.

 

He said, ‘the founding fathers established an economic union, but current realities dictate that your efforts to ensure political stability of the region is in the right direction and should be strengthened’.

 

President Jonathan commended the Commission’s prompt action to ensure that the sub-region’s voice is heard at the meeting of the United Nations’ Security Council on Mali, scheduled for tomorrow in New York, adding that it was necessary for the African-led International Support Mission to Mali, AFISMA, to get a UN peace-keeping mandate.

 

The President appreciated the Commission’s efforts to restore peace and security in Guinea Bissau, and its pre-emptive action to prevent instability in other countries in the sub-region.  

 

President Jonathan also said building a Nigeria – Cote d’Ivoire – Senegal highway and railway would be a more effective and faster approach to economic integration, as these forms of transportation would facilitate easier movement of goods and people in the sub-region.

 

Earlier, the ECOWAS Commission president, Mr. Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, had told President Jonathan that they were focused on peace and security, free movement of persons and goods, infrastructural development, food security, human resources development and institutional reform.

 

Mr. Ouedraogo thanked President Jonathan for sending Nigerian troops to Mali and mediating the crisis, and briefed him on the situation in Guinea Bissau, the ECOWAS Common External Tariff, and reviewed customs tariffs in the sub-region.

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