ECOWAS: Community Court promises better welfare for staff

Calabar, Nigeria (PANA) - The new management of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice has pledged a new era during which staff welfare will enjoy a “high premium” in order to create an environment conducive to the realisation of the regional court's objectives.

“We appreciate the importance of a well-­motivated staff and will avoid actions that will cause staff frustration,'' the President of the Court, Hon. Justice Maria Do Coe Silva Montero, said in remarks at the closing of a two-day retreat in Nigeria's southern city of Calabar on Saturday.

According to a statement made available to PANA after the retreat, she said the emphasis of the new welfare programme would be mainly on the training and capacity building.

She challenged staff to reciprocate the gesture through hard work, dedication and commitment to the discharge of their responsibilities, in addition to maintaining the integrity of the Court.

Justice Montero however warned that the new management of the Court would not tolerate indiscipline among the staff.

The 7th retreat, the first for the seven new judges, enabled them as well as the staffers to be apprised of issues related to the administration and finances of the Court.

It will be followed on Monday by the judicial retreat for all legal staff of the Court and the Judges retreat where various papers will be presented as part of the process of orientation for the judges.

The theme of the three-day judicial retreat is “Jurisprudence of the ECOWAS Court of Justice: 2004­-2014,” and it is aimed at familiarising the judge with the decisions of the Court that were delivered by their predecessors between 2004 and 2014.

The seven new judges were sworn in on 18 June in Accra, Ghana's capital, by the ECOWAS Chairman Chairman and Ghana President John Dramani Manama.
-0- PANA SEG 18Jan2015

18 january 2015 12:55:53




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