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65th Session: PBAT Urges ECOWAS Members to Commit Funds for West Africa Security

Written by Yusuf Zubairu

65th Session: President Tinubu Urges ECOWAS Members to Commit Funds for West Africa Security

 

President Bola Tinubu emphasized that securing the West African region requires sincere commitment and financial resources from all Member States.

He made this statement at the opening of the 65th ordinary session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government in Abuja, attended by eleven countries.

As the Chairman of the authority, President Tinubu stressed the importance of collectively addressing challenges, particularly terrorism.

He urged ECOWAS leaders to utilize Nigeria’s National Counter-Terrorism Centre as a regional center of excellence.

President of the ECOWAS Commission, Omar Aliou Toure, proposed a special extraordinary summit on the future of ECOWAS, coinciding with its 50th anniversary next year.

He expressed concern over financial constraints faced by the regional body due to some member states not remitting the community levy.

Toure expressed confidence that the heads of state would support the Council of Ministers’ positive stance on the matter.

Leonardo Simão, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel, assured ECOWAS leaders of the UN’s commitment to achieving regional peace and security.

Bello Wakili