August 16, 2018

National experts examine ECOWAS model mining and minerals development act

Commissioner Sediko Douka, (R) right, and the Chair of the National Experts, Mustapha Bature Aminu, (Nigeria) August 14th 2018. National mining experts are examining the draft Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) model mining and minerals development Act of with a view of validating its texts. To this end, a three-Day Workshop began in Abuja, Nigeria on the 14th of August 2018 to create a harmonious and regulated environment for the overall sustainability of the mining sector in the region, among others. In his opening statement, the ECOWAS Commission’s Commissioner for Energy and Mines Mr. Sediko Douka noted that the Workshop “initiates the formal statutory process for the adoption of a Community Act on mining and mineral development”. He charged the experts to carefully consider amendments both in substance and form to the entire draft mining document as presented and build consensus on the articles contained in the texts. Commissioner Douka stressed that in the exe..
August 15, 2018

Governmental experts urge ECOWAS to establish monitoring and support mechanism for security sector reform and governance

l-r_ Mr. Ashigye Willie John, Dieng Abdourahmane Abuja, August 13th 2018. Governmental experts of Member States have urged the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to establish a monitoring and support mechanism for Security Sector Reform and Governance (SSRG). The experts, after their two-day meeting in Abuja, Nigeria which ended on the 8th of August 2018, validated the SSRG Action Plan and made a body of recommendations with a view of improving National Ownership and Implementation of SSRG in Member States. Other key recommendations bordered on the need for ECOWAS to sensitize political decision makers in Member States in order to address and strengthen political will, national commitment and national responsibility for SSRG. Besides, the experts maintained that to promote a culture of SSRG consolidation, platforms for experience sharing, learning and coordination on SSRG should be institutionalized, including making the Governmental Experts Meeting..
August 14, 2018

ECOWAS shows solidarity with Niger through the donation of food items

Dosso (Niger), 7 August 2018. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), through its Regional Food Security Reserve donated 6,528 tons of grains to Niger authorities for the people affected by food crisis. The presentation of food items including 3,028 tons of maize, 3,000 tons of millet and 500 tons of sorghum, took place on Tuesday, 7 August 2018, in the locality of Dosso, 135 km from Niamey, Niger. The food items are stored in various warehouses of the Office of Niger Food Product (OPVN) located in Dosso (2,000 tons), Birnin Konni (1,028 tons), Maradi (2,000 tons) and Zinder (1,500 tons) OPVN has monitored the quality of these food items since the stocks arrived in its warehouses in 2017. The food items donated to Niger is safe for consumption. Receiving the food items on behalf of the Niger government, the Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Niger, Adamou Souley Hamadou, expressed his gratitude to the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, ..
August 13, 2018

ECOWAS calls for Member States to develop policies on the popularization of LPG

A group picture of the participants Abuja, 11th August 2018 . Sectorial experts from Member States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have called for the development of national policies for the popularization of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) which will increase the access to modern energy such as electrical services and modern cooking fuels in the region. In a two-day validation workshop of the regional strategy for the popularization of LPG in ECOWAS which ended on 10th August 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria, the experts called for a minimum target penetration rate of 30% by 2030 with emphasis being placed on rural communities’ access to LPG. The experts noted that access to LPG in the ECOWAS region remains limited with Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria and Senegal accounting for 85% of the total 1.2 million tons of LPG being consumed amongst Member States. They also noted that the consumption rate of LPG in rural areas stood at approximately 15% due to the accessibility..
August 12, 2018

CABNCTV receives multiple international media accreditation

Abuja, July 11, 2018 (CABNC-TV)-Center Africa Broadcasting Network Corporation (CABNCTV) a privately held cloud-based TV delivery platform offering real-time news from African countries with media […]
August 10, 2018

ECOWAS Commission prioritizes migration-related issues

2nd from L. Madam Finda Koroma flanked by Mrs. Siga Fatima Jagne (R) and Mrs. Halima Ahmed (L) Abuja, 8th August, 2018. The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Abuja, Nigeria on Wednesday, 8th May 2018 signed an Aide Memoire with the German Development Bank (KfW) and the German Development Agency (GIZ) on behalf of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) for the establishment of Ten and Five Million EUROs ECOWAS Regional Stabilization Fund respectively. During the preliminary meeting with the German delegation on the Fund Concept and Governance Structure, the management team of the ECOWAS Commission led by the Vice President, Madam Finda Koroma prioritized migration-related issues as the thematic focus of the planned Regional Stabilisation Fund for ECOWAS Member States. The ECOWAS Management emphasized the need to prevent irregular migration as well as the reintegration citizens of ECOWAS returnees into the regional schem..
August 10, 2018

ECOWAS Commission seeks member states’ ownership of security sector governance reform

l-r_ Gen. Francis Behazin, Mr. Ashigye Willie John and col Dieng Abuja, 7th August 2018. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)’ Commission is seeking the collective ownership of Security Sector Governance Reform (SSGR) for the region. To this end, a two-day meeting of Governmental Experts of Member States on National Ownership and Implementation of the ECOWAS Policy Framework for SSGR began on the 7th of August 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria. The experts are considering the core principles and essential features of the ECOWAS Policy Framework for SSGR. They are also expected to validate an Action Plan for the Policy Framework for the reform, and to endorse the rationale for establishing Interagency Working Group on SSGR in Member States, among others. Welcoming delegates to the meeting, the ECOWAS Commission’s Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Gen. Francis A. Behanzin, noted that the contribution of the Member States is very important for realising the..
August 10, 2018

ECOWAS seeks to popularize the use of liquefied petroleum gas in the region

r-l_ Brenda Onose Ataga, Mr. Sidikou Douka and Bayaornibe Dabire Abuja, 9th August 2018 . The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has moved to validate its regional strategy for the popularization of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in West Africa with the aim of improving its economy and addressing health challenges and environmental degradation associated with the lack of access to LPG particularly in rural areas of the region. In a two-day workshop comprising of sectorial experts from Member States which commenced on 9th August 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria, the Commissions’ Commissioner for Energy and Mines Mr. Sédiko Douka stated that it has become necessary for ECOWAS to address this gap in the energy sector by developing a regional strategy to this effect. ‘Despite the immense energy resource potential of our region, the overall energy balance remains predominated by biomass which accounts for 80% of the total energy consumption in the region”, he said. ..
July 31, 2018

NIDO-DC Chapter Honors Nigerian Embassy H.E. Bayo Idowu, Head Economics/Trade and Investment

Washington, July 29th, 2018(CABNC-TV)-The Nigerians in the Diaspora Washington D.C (NIDO) Chapter honors H.E. Bayo Idowu, Minister/Head Economics/Trade & Investment at the Nigerian Embassy in Washington […]
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