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ECOWAS 46TH Ordinary Session opens in Nigeria

Patrick Flomo
top ECOWAS leadership
top ECOWAS leadership

( 16, 2014)-The 46th Ordinary Session of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has opened in Abuja, Nigeria.

A Foreign Ministry Dispatch says the Summit is focused on the political and security situations and the Ebola Virus in the sub-region.

Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, is heading the summit, taking place at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel.

At the opening ceremony, President Jonathan outlined both successes and challenges the sub-regional body has encountered as ECOWAS prepares to observe its 40th Anniversary in 2015.

He emphasized the improved economic growth in West Africa, noting that the economy is one of the fastest growing on the continent. The Nigerian Leader, however, lamented the over 7,000 deaths in the sub-region as a consequence of Ebola infection.

He said he considers the Ebola infection as one of the many serious challenges the sub-region is being faced with in the last six months.

Liberia’s Foreign Minister, Augustine Ngafuan, is representing President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf at the ECOWAS 46th Ordinary Summit.

President Johnson-Sirleaf could not attend the gathering, because of the frontline role she is playing in the fight against Ebola to meet the zero-case before Christmas.

President Jonathan then appealed for more support to the Ebola fight and called on member states, development partners and the International Community to generously contribute to the “ECOWAS Regional Solidarity Fund” to fight the epidemic.

Also speaking at the opening ceremony, the current ECOWAS Authority Chairman, Ghanaian President, John Mahama, asked for “all-hands on deck” to contain the Ebola virus.

President Mahama said the socio-economic setbacks created by the Ebola epidemic in the three most-affected countries also have sub-regional consequences.

The Summit will be climaxed with a communiqué at the conclusion of the day-long event’s deliberations in Abuja.


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