President Brou responding to the questions from Parliamentarians Abuja 16th May 2018.The President of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Jean-Calude Kassi Brou presented the Commission’s strategic plan as well as a Report of the state of the Community to the ECOWAS Parliamentarians on the 15th of May 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria.
Addressing the 1st Ordinary Session of the 4th Legislature of the ECOWAS Parliament, in the Community’s three official languages, President Brou enthused that the year 2018 is expected to be marked by increased growth compared to the previous year “within the context of a more favourable global environment”
President Brou flanked by Parliament Speaker Cisse Lo Apart from raising awareness among national stakeholders with a view to accelerating the ratification and effective implementation of ECOWAS Conventions and Protocols, the President told the august gathering that the Commission is poised to working closely with all ECOWA..
A group picture of the President Brou (in red tie) and the Permanent représentatives Abuja, 16th May 2018. The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and its Permanent Representatives in Nigeria in their bi-monthly meeting which held on 16th May 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria resolved to increase collaboration in order to implement various programmes geared towards regional integration.
The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou stated in his remarks that the bi-monthly meeting serves as a good platform for dialogue, interaction and sharing of ideas on ECOWAS activities.
“It affords Permanent Representatives an opportunity to brief the Commission on the implementation of ECOWAS projects in their respective Member States and on progress made on the payment and remittance of Community Levy”, he said.
In turn departments and technical directorates of the Commission will be able to leverage on the experience and counsel of the Permanent Represen..
Burundi's President Nkurunziza: First a third term, now a seven-year mandates Image copyright AFP Image caption Pierre Nkurunziza has been president since 2005 Burundi goes to the polls on 17 May to vote in a constitutional referendum, which could extend President Pierre Nkurunziza's rule to 2034. Here's why the vote has become a contentious issue:
Who is President Nkurunziza?He is a former rebel leader who came to power at the end of Burundi's ethnically-charged civil war in 2005.
His run for a controversial third term in 2015 set off a wave of violence and an attempted coup, which was foiled by government forces. The political crisis led to hundreds of deaths, and more than 400,000 people fled the country, according to the UN.
Image copyright AFP Image caption The president is portrayed as the man of the people Critics at the time called his move unconstitutional. But supporters of Mr Nkurunziza, a born-again Christian and father of five, who has his own footb..
Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania in anti-fake news campaign Image copyright AFP Image caption President Kenyatta says the new law will help prosecute cyber criminals A new law in Kenya will punish the spreading of "false information" and impose a lengthy jail term on offenders.
It proposes a fine of $50,000 (£37,000) and/or up to two years in prison for publishing "false" information.
The Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes law also criminalises abuse on social media and cyber bullying.
However, the Committee to Protect Journalists ( CPJ) says the bill would stifle press freedom.
The rights body had urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to send back the bill to parliament to remove clauses that it says violated freedom of expression.
CPJ said that parts of the law criminalised unauthorised access and sharing of government data which would remove protection for whistle-blowers.
According to Kenya's Editor's Guild, the law "may be abused by state authorities to curtail media freedom".
Ghanaian shoe seller vows to bring Jammeh to justice A Ghanaian man is leading a campaign to bring The Gambia's ex-ruler Yahya Jammeh to justice over the murder of 56 migrants who were mistaken for coup plotters, writes the BBC's Alex Duval Smith.
Martin Kyere leapt from the pick-up truck into the darkness. Bullets whistled around him as he ran for his life through the thick Gambian forest. He fell. He picked himself up. He dodged the soldiers' searchlight. He promised himself not to rest until Mr Jammeh was brought to justice.
Thirteen years later and living in his native Ghana, Mr Kyere is the key witness in an international effort to bring The Gambia's former president to trial for what was probably the single largest mass killing during the 22-year reign of terror.
Meanwhile, Mr Jammeh has lived in Equatorial Guinea since January 2017. He went into exile there under a regionally-brokered deal after losing the December 2016 presidential election to Adama Barrow...