Nigeria: State gov. advocates regional language for ECOWAS region

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Governor of Imo State, in South East Nigeria, Rochas Okorocha, on Thursday urged ECOWAS to adopt a regional language will unite the citizens and eliminate the current challenges associated with the use of three official but foreign languages in order to facilitate the realisation of the region’s pursuit of socio-economic integration.

While characterising the ECOWAS objective as laudable, the governor told a delegation of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice that "the fact that we need interpreters to communicate among ourselves makes development and we need to find a solution through the use of a common language".

“Africans must look inwards for solutions to their problems in order to effect the desired change that will propel their development objective,” the governor said, assuring them that Nigeria would take its rightful place in the region by playing its expected leadership role in the region.

The governor praised the creation of the Court as a ‘landmark achievement in the history of ECOWAS integration and an important instrument in the dispensation of justice and the promotion of regional integration and cohesion.’

The President of the Court, Honourable Justice Maria Do Ceu Silva Monteiro, told the governor that the delegation was in the state for three of its major activities, including the fourth annual retreat of the Judges, the seventh Judicial retreat of the Court as well as the Budget and Administration retreat.

The delegation, which included the other six judges and officials of the Court, also visited the Chief Judge of the State, Honourable Justice Paschal Nnadi, who briefed them on the structure of the state judiciary, comprising of the High Court, the Customary Court and the Judicial Services Commission.

The Chief Judge praised ECOWAS as a ‘formidable instrument for peace-making, stability and the deepening of democracy in the region’ and the Court for promoting the observance of human rights, free trade and the free movement of community citizens.’

The President used the opportunity to applaud the success of the state judiciary in balancing the English judicial tradition with the local customary tradition in the dispensation of justice.
-0- PANA VAO 3July2015

03 july 2015 15:30:22




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