Group photographs of the Regional Customs Chiefs Abuja, 1st November 2018. The Directors-General of Custom service of the fifteen member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have met in Abuja, Nigeria on the 1st of November 2018 in the quest to consolidate the ECOWAS Customs Union.
The heads of Customs are also deliberating on information exchange and cooperation between Customs administrations as a concerted response to the obstacles to the free movement of goods, security challenges and resurgence of illicit trafficking.
Declaring the meeting open, the ECOWAS Commission’s Commissioner for Trade, Customs, and Free Movement Mr. Tei Konzi affirmed that the coming together of senior officials is in line with the current desire of the President of the Commission to strengthen the economic integration process of ECOWAS.
Noting that the Customs service constitute a critical central link in this regard, Commissioner Konzi recalled that since the last meeting..
Abuja, 31, October 2018. The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on the 31st of October 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria, commenced a broad range training to enhance the capacity of Nigerian political Parties on media and campaign strategies. Part of the Workshop also targets journalists and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) on the promotion of participatory democracy, among others.
The exercises which encompasses the mainstreaming of youth and women into political party activities, political party financing, inter-party democracy as well as administrative processes, are meant to weigh in positively on the forthcoming 2019 General elections in Nigeria.
Welcoming participants to the training Workshop, the ECOWAS Commission’s Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, General Francis Behanzin commended the political parties’ representatives for “conducting their activities so far in a manner that is not abhorrent to democratic tenets and principl..
Group Picture of Participants Abuja, 30th October, 2018. The West Africa Network for Peace Building (WANEP) in collaboration with the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) of Nigeria have launched the Electoral Violence Monitoring, Analysis and Mitigation (EMAM) project in order to mitigate violence during the electoral process of the forth coming Nigerian general elections scheduled to hold in February 2019.
The EMAM project which was launched on 30th October 2018 at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja, is designed to facilitate and support local and national response architectures that link early warning with informed response to prevent or mitigate identified threats capable of affecting the peaceful conduct of the Nigerian elections.
This will be achieved by developing and validating indicators to inform specific monitoring and reporting of violent election threats by community monitors befo..