ECOWAS: 40th Anniversary Celebrations postponed

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The West African regional bloc ECOWAS on Wednesday announced the postponement of the celebration of its 40th anniversary, originally scheduled for 28 May 2015 in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, where it is based.

A terse statement from the ECOWAS Commission, obtained by PANA here, said ''a new date will be announced after the 47th Ordinary Session of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, which will take place on 19th May 2015 in Accra, Ghana.''

Though no reason was given for the postponement, PANA reports that it may not be unconnected with the impending change of guard in Nigeria.

Incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan will hand over to incoming President Muhammadu Buhari at a ceremony in Abuja on 29 May - a day after the original date of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of ECOWAS.

ECOWAS - The Economic Community of West African States - is a 15-member regional group founded on 28 May 1975, with the signing of the Treaty of Lagos.

The bloc's main objective is to promote economic integration across the region of about 300 million people, even though it has played a frontline role in resolving conflicts and ensuring good governance in the region.
-0- PANA SEG 13May2015

13 may 2015 14:28:25




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