Nigeria to accommodate ECOWAS Court Judges

Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has offered to provide residential accommodation for the seven Judges of the ECOWAS Court in Abuja, according to government sources.
The sources told PANA in Abuja that President Olusegun Obasanjo has approved a request from the President of the Court, Hassine Donli of Nigeria, to that effect.
Lack of funds has delayed the full take-off of the regional Court, which was inaugurated last year.
ECOWAS sources said although there were no budgetary provisions for its operations as at now, "the Court will be adequately provided for in the next budget of the 15-nation Community.
" The Court is currently operating from the ECOWAS Secretariat in Abuja.
Economic Community of West African States' leaders decided at their last Summit in Bamako, Mali, to continue their consultations on the choice of the seat of the Court.
The Court's other Judges, appointed for a five-year renewable term, are Anthony Alfred Benin (Ghana); Hadjia Awa Nana-Amadou Daboya (Togo); Amina Malle (Mali); El Hadj Mansour Tall (Senegal); Barthelemy Toe (Burkina Faso), and Soumana Dirarou Sidibe (Niger).
They are to ensure the observance of the law and the principle of equity in the interpretation of the ECOWAS Treaty and also handle disputes referred to the Court by member States, in accordance with Article 56 of the Treaty.

24 july 2001 20:47:00

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