Prof. Adedeji Abuja 6th July 2018. The President of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Jean-Claude Kassi Brou has commiserated with the family of the late professor Adebayo Adedeji on the eve of the funeral of the former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).
Conveying deepest condolences to the family of the renowned economist and academic, on behalf of the regional Community, Mr. Brou described professor Adedeji as “a formidable son of Nigeria and the African continent”
In the condolence letter, President Brou noted that it is heartwarming that Prof. Adedeji’s widely acknowledged role in the establishment of ECOWAS earned him the title of the “Father of ECOWAS”
The foremost development economist had championed the cause of regional integration and cooperation, not only in the sub-region, but in the entire continent of Africa.
Highlighting his immeasurable contributions to the integration process, Pre..
L-R Levina Addae-Mensah, Colonel Dieng Abdourahmane, Salamatu Suleiman Abuja, 5th July 2018. The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West African Network for Peace building (WANEP) have called for increased funding, information and intelligence sharing and synergy in cross-border security initiatives among Member States in other to support the ECOWAS counter terrorism strategy which seeks to prevent violent extremism in the region.
This was the outcome of deliberations during a policy dialogue meeting on the current dynamics and challenges of violent extremism in West Africa on 5th July 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria.
The ECOWAS Commissions’ Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, General Francis Benhazin who was represented by the ECOWAS Standby Force Head of Regional Security, Colonel Dieng Abdourahmane stated during the meeting that, a soft approach which involves the need to have a deeper understanding of the dynamics of violent ex..
Vice President Koroma and Mr. Lapaque Abuja, 5th July 2018. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is seeking greater collaboration with ECOWAS on the renewed efforts to curb drugs and substance abuse as well as trans-national crimes in the region.
The UNODC Regional Representative Mr. Pierre Lalaque made this known in Abuja, Nigeria on the 4th of July 2018 while conferring with the Vice President of the ECOWAS Commission Mrs Finda Koroma.
The UNODC chief who fielded relevant inquiries from Mrs Koroma, said it is imperative to discuss UNODC’s work and achievements in the region with partners while taking a deeper look at future areas of collaboration between the UNODC and ECOWAS.
He said in working with ECOWAS and members of the Sahel Group of Five nations (G5), a lot of interventions are needed in the areas of drug use, piracy, human and armed trafficking as well as irregular migration.
Disclosing that the UNODC is also working with ECOWAS to create a reliable data b..
Abidjan, 2 July 2018. The Office of the Representative of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Côte d’Ivoire was the venue of a week-long presentation of films on the activities of the regional organisation in the country.
The event referred to as «ECOWAS Film Week» was organised by the Group of Ambassadors and Consuls from ECOWAS Member States in Côte d’Ivoire (ECODIPLO-CI), in collaboration with the GOETHE INSTITUT, a German cooperation agency.
Sponsored by the Ivorian Minister of Culture and Francophonie, Maurice Kacou Badaman, during the week-long activities, there were daily presentations of films from ECOWAS Member States.
The programme is part of activities lined up by ECODIP in 2018, and is aimed at strengthening cooperation between the various communities and promoting the cultural diversity of ECOWAS Member States by presenting their respective cultural values and similarities.
On behalf of her colleagues, the Dean of the ECOWAS Diplomatic Corps in Cô..
Why Uganda is taxing social media 'gossip' Image copyright AFP Image caption The revenue raised is also intended to help pay off of the country's growing national debt Ugandans have taken to Twitter to complain about the imposition of a 200 Uganda shilling [$0.05, £0.04] tax on the use of social media.
Some have also used Virtual Private Networks (VPN) to get around paying.
Parliament approved the tax in May after President Yoweri Museveni had pushed for the changes, arguing that social media encouraged gossip.
But some argue that it is a way of restricting critical comments about the government.
Africa Live: BBC News Updates Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania in 'anti-fake news campaign' Uganda country profile Why has the government done this?President Museveni has spoken out about people using social media to spread gossip which he described as "opinions, prejudices, insults [and] friendly chats".
In a letter to the finance minister in March, Mr Museveni said a soc..
'Dead' woman found alive in South Africa morgue fridge A South African woman is recovering in hospital after being discovered alive in a mortuary fridge.
The woman was taken to Carletonville morgue, in Gauteng province, having been declared dead by paramedics following a road accident.
Ambulance company Distress Alert said she had shown "no form of life", South Africa's TimesLive website reports.
But when a morgue worker returned to check on the body in the fridge, he found the woman was breathing.
An official has confirmed to the BBC the woman is now being treated in hospital after being referred by forensics officers. She has not been named.
The women paid to cry at the funerals of strangers Africa Live: More on this and other stories from around the continent An investigation into the incident is being carried out, but Distress Alert operations manager Gerrit Bradnick said there was "no proof of any negligence" on his company's behalf.
"This did not happen becau..
The Nigerian imam who saved Christians from Muslim gunmen Image caption Christians say they would have died had it not been for the bravery of the Muslim cleric (centre) When an imam in Nigeria saw hundreds of desperate, frightened families running into his village last Saturday, he decided to risk his life to save theirs.
They were fleeing from a neighbouring village - a mainly Christian community.
They say they came under attack at about 15:00 (14:00 GMT) from about 300 well-armed men - suspected cattle herders, who are mostly Muslims - who started shooting sporadically and burning down their homes.
Some of those who managed to escape ran towards the mainly Muslim neighbourhood nearby where the imam lived, arriving over the next hour.
The cleric immediately came to their aid, hiding in total 262 men, women and children in his home and mosque.
"I first took the women to my personal house to hide them. Then I took the men to the mosque," the imam told BBC Pidgin.
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