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  • Nigeria: ECOWAS ministers meet in Abuja over illicit drug trafficking
    05 september 2016 18:57:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Commending efforts made by partner countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to address illicit drug trafficking, organised crime and drug abuse in the sub-region, Nigerian Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami on Monday reiterated his country's commitment to fight the menace.Full text...

  • Senegal: ECOWAS expresses commitment towards women's participation in democratic process
    23 june 2016 17:21:31
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission Thursday reiterated its commitment to the promotion of the participation of women and their fair representation in the democratic process and governance in West Africa. Full text...

  • Senegal: ECOWAS new chair outlines plans
    22 june 2016 15:41:20
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The new chair of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, has outlined her plans for the sub-regional bloc, ECOWAS said in a statement on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Community Court gets new President
    18 june 2016 10:19:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Judges of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice have reconstituted the bureau of the Court with the election of Honorable Justice Jérôme Traoré from Burkina Faso as the new President of the Court, Honourable Justice Micah Wilkins Wright from Liberia as Vice President and Honorable Justice Hameye Foune Mahalmadane from Mali as the Dean. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Experts urge ECOWAS to strengthen regional integration by reducing non-tariff barriers to trade
    15 june 2016 16:30:02
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) – Trade experts on Tuesday called on member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to step up efforts to minimize the burden that non-tariff measures (NTMs) place on businesses in the region. Full text...

  • Senegal: ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework holds meeting in Nigeria
    14 june 2016 13:26:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – A meeting on the Conflict Prevention Framework of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) holds in Abuja, Nigeria, on Tuesday, according to an ECOWAS statement, obtained here by PANA. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS in tight financial situation
    26 may 2016 18:12:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Lack of financial resources to fast-track operations the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has become a major setback to activities of the sub-regional body, ECOWAS President Marcel Alain De Souza said here on Thursday.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Immigration expert says migration is a way of life for Africans
    15 march 2016 13:17:29
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The great Trans Saharan Trade, and the attendant migration, was part of attempts at achieving economic development, boosting cultural exchanges and integration, according to Dr. Tony Luka Elumelu, an expert on Free Movement and immigration with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Court begins hearing in Nigerian death row case
    19 january 2016 23:01:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice on Tuesday adjourned until 17 February 2016 hearing in a case brought by a prisoner on death row challenging the provisions for mandatory death sentence in Nigeria’s statute books. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS court begins hearing in case challenging death row provisions in Nigeria's statute books
    18 january 2016 22:01:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS, will Tuesday begin hearing in a case brought by Nnenna Obi, a prisoner who has been on death row in Nigeria’s South-east Enugu State since 2005 challenging the provisions for mandatory death sentence in Nigeria’s statute books. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari reels out ECOWAS' successes on regional bloc's 40th "birthday" anniversary
    17 december 2015 15:20:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - On the occasion of the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the founding of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Abuja on Thursday, Nigeria's leader Muhammadu Buhari, has said that the achievement of the ECOWAS Common External Tariff and Trade Liberalisation Scheme is a vital sign post in the Convergence Criteria required for the Common Currency regime in West Africa. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari says successful Burkinabe polls reflect resolve to entrench democracy in West Africa
    16 december 2015 15:49:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said that the successful election in Burkina Faso reflects the collective resolve by West African leaders to entrench democracy and good governance in the region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: ECOWAS Court dismisses case brought by deposed traditional ruler
    03 december 2015 22:15:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice Tuesday dismissed an application for a stay of execution of the order of the Supreme Court of Niger deposing the former Sultan of Zinder in Niger Republic, Mahamadou Moustapha, on 29 June 2011. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Court delivers judgment on alleged extra-judicial killings of 5 Nigerians
    02 december 2015 20:59:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS, has ordered the Nigerian government to conduct ‘appropriate inquiries’ into the disappearance of five Nigerians on 13 Oct. 2010 after they were taken into police custody in Benin, Edo State, Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS officials to meet over Sahel strategy
    07 november 2015 13:46:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The technical secretariat and coordination platform of the ECOWAS Sahel strategy will meet in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, 9-10 Nov. 2015 to review the implementation process of the strategy. Full text...

  • Nigeria: AU commends ECOWAS on peacekeeping operations
    05 november 2015 13:46:49
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has commended ECOWAS for its role in peacekeeping operations on the continent, the ECOWAS Commission said in Abuja on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'Why ECOWAS Court is pre-occupied with politics'
    05 november 2015 13:10:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - President of the Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS, Hon. Justice Maria Do Céu Silva Monteiro, has defended the region’s pre-occupation with political issues as part of the process of creating an environment for the sustainable pursuit of the economic development of the region. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS radio/tv to start operations 2017
    01 november 2015 10:03:54
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The stage is set for the long-planned ECOWAS radio and television station to become a reality in 2017, after the necessary road-map for its operations were put in place by member states. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Court seeks French support
    28 october 2015 22:16:12
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The President of the Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS, Hon. Justice Maria Do Ceu Silva Monteiro, has called for French support in strengthening the court towards the successful discharge of its mandate as the last bastion for the defence of the human rights of the citizens of West Africa. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: ECOWAS thumbs up Ivorian presidential election
    27 october 2015 14:43:44
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Sunday's presidential election in Cote d'Ivoire was ''free, transparent and organized in an acceptable manner'', according to the ECOWAS election observation mission for the poll. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS expands online presence through new media
    26 october 2015 16:54:34
    Abuja, Nigeia (PANA) - In line with modern trends in new media, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has expanded its online media presence through the Facebook, Twitter and Youtube platforms to complement the institution’s revamped website which was launched in March 2015. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS court seeks expansion of facilities for more effectiveness
    23 october 2015 15:52:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The President of the Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS, Justice Maria Do Ceu Silva Monteiro, has launched an appeal for the expansion of its facilities to reflect its stature as an international court and enable it cope with the phenomenal increase in cases occasioned by the addition of a human rights mandate to its jurisdiction. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian legal luminary, Falana, to make presentation at opening of ECOWAS Court legal year
    21 october 2015 20:39:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - One of Nigeria’s distinguished lawyers, Mr. Femi Falana, will speak on the theme of the 2015/2016 legal year of the Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS, Thursday in Abuja, the headquarters of the regional court, the court has announced. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Regional court pledges to facilitate effective cross border energy trading in W/Africa
    21 october 2015 20:37:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - West Africa’s regional court has pledged to work with the region’s energy regulatory authority to foster an environment in the region that facilitates cross border energy trading, based on the relevant regional laws and best practices. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS dismisses case filed against Nigeria's ex-ruling party over fundraiser
    15 october 2015 15:16:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice has dismissed a case brought against Nigeria’s former ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) over the 21.27 billion naira (US$106.3 million) realized as donations during the party’s fundraising dinner in December 2014 to fund its 2015 presidential election. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: ECOWAS sensitizes stakeholders on Civilian Dimension of Peace Support Operations
    14 october 2015 11:16:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - In its effort to highlight the roles of the Civilian Dimension of the ECOWAS Standby Force (ESF), the West African economic bloc has organized a two-day workshop to sensitize selected focal persons from its 15 Member States and civil society organizations led by the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP). Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS calls Guinea election 'calm, peaceful, orderly'
    13 october 2015 11:53:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The 11 Oct. 2015 presidential election in Guinea was 'calm, peaceful and orderly', the ECOWAS Election Observers said in their preliminary report on the polls. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: ECOWAS Observers gear up for Guinea polls
    08 october 2015 14:09:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - About 100 election observers, comprising 15 long term and 85 short term observers, from ECOWAS will observe the 11 Oct. 2015 elections in Guinea, according to the ECOWAS Commission on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ruling party hails ECOWAS, Pres. Buhari on Burkina Faso
    24 september 2015 15:39:41
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has commended the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for its role in the restoration of the transitional order in Burkina Faso, following the 17 Sept. coup d'etat that removed the country's Interim Government. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: ECOWAS launches academic mobility scheme
    24 september 2015 11:09:56
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), in collaboration with the Association of African Universities (AAU), launched its Academic Mobility Scheme at a ceremony in Abuja, Nigeria, Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS launches academic mobility scheme
    23 september 2015 17:55:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has, in collaboration with the Association of African Universities (AAU), launched its Academic Mobility Scheme in Abuja with its president, Professor O.Oyewole, disclosng that the programme will not only promote mobility of students but also the internationalization of universities in West Africa. Full text...

  • Nigeria: VP represents Buhari on six-nation ECOWAS High Level Mission to B/Faso
    23 september 2015 09:51:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will represent President Muhammadu Buhari on the six-nation ECOWAS High Level Mission due to visit Burkina Faso Wednesday to push for the reinstatement of Interim President Michel Kafando. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS moves to reinstate interim government in Burkina Faso
    22 september 2015 20:05:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - West African leaders who met in Nigeria at an Extraordinary Summit of the regional bloc ECOWAS on Tuesday have decided to send a high-level mission to Burkina Faso to ensure the reinstatement of the interim government. Full text...

  • Ghana: President Mahama to attend ECOWAS summit as standoff looms
    22 september 2015 08:23:00
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama will attend Tuesday's Extraordinary ECOWAS Summit in Nigeria to discuss the political situation in Burkina Faso, the presidency said in Accra, the nation's capital. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Presidency confirms hosting of ECOWAS Summit on Burkina Faso
    21 september 2015 16:32:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government confirmed on Monday that President Muhammadu Buhari will on Tuesday host an Extraordinary Summit of the West African regional bloc ECOWAS on the crisis in Burkina Faso. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Details of draft deal to end Burkina Faso crisis unveiled
    21 september 2015 10:21:45
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The 13-point draft deal that was hammered out by ECOWAS Mediators to end the crisis triggered by last week's coup in Burkina Faso has been obtained by PANA, and will constitute the main agenda for the one-day Extraordinary ECOWAS Summit to be held in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS holds extra-ordinary summit in Abuja Tuesday
    20 september 2015 23:16:31
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - An extra-ordinary summit of the West African regional bloc ECOWAS is expected to hold in Abuja Tuesday to deliberate on the crisis in Burkina Faso, PANA learnt from government sources here Sunday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: ECOWAS issues pledge on African development
    15 september 2015 10:17:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has pledged to cooperate with the rest of the world towards meeting the African Development Agenda. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Defence College participants task ECOWAS on security, others
    11 september 2015 16:16:34
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Participants of Course 24 of the Nigerian National Defence College (NDC), based in the capital city of Abuja, have called on the ECOWAS Commission to strengthen its role in the promotion of economic integration, peace, security and social justice in the region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Experts strategize on data base for Sahel States
    08 september 2015 13:16:54
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Experts from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are currently meeting in Lome, Togo, to strategize on a comprehensive data base initiative for member states of Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, and Nigeria that are within the Sahel belt.Full text...

  • ECOWAS: 'How to ensure greater stability in West Africa'
    18 august 2015 11:56:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Stakeholders of the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework (ECPF) have agreed that taking full ownership of the project is one major way of ensuring greater stability of the West African region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Chair concerned over political crisis in G/Bissau
    16 august 2015 14:41:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Chairman of the West African regional bloc ECOWAS, President Macky Sall of Senegal, has expressed concern over the political crisis in Guinea Bissau, according to an ECOWAS Commission statement obtained by PANA here Sunday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Nigeria to host inaugural W/Africa Public Service Games
    12 august 2015 11:14:56
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria has been selected to host the first edition of the West African Public Service Games (WAPSGA) scheduled tentatively for 28 May, 2016. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: ECOWAS renews efforts for effective elections in member states
    10 august 2015 11:03:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has renewed its commitment to assist member states in conducting credible and transparent elections that will lead to political stability and economic development of the individual member states in particular and the region in general. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: 'ICT strategy needed for growth, development of W/Africa'
    30 july 2015 11:06:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has affirmed the need for a comprehensive regional Information and Communication Technology (ICT) strategy for the continuous growth and development of the West African region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Community Court paves way for Compaore's party to participate in Burkina election
    13 july 2015 17:12:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice Monday nullified the amendment to Burkina Faso's Electoral Act which excluded some people from participation in the country’s political process. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Spike in right violation cases at Community Court
    10 july 2015 12:50:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - There has been an increase in the number of cases of human rights violations being filed at the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice in recent times, according to Court Registrar Tony AneneMaidoh. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: ECOWAS Community Court Judges call for amendment of rules of procedure
    07 july 2015 13:42:48
    Owerri, Nigeria (PANA) - Judges of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice have called for the amendment of the Court’s Rules of Procedure to take cognizance of its expanded mandate relating to the protection of the human rights of community citizens. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Community Court to rule 13 July in Burkina political parties' case
    07 july 2015 13:32:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice has fixed judgement for 13 July 2015 in the case brought by seven of Burkina Faso’s political parties contesting the amendment to the country’s Electoral Act which excluded them from participation in the country’s political process, the court said Tuesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: ECOWAS Chair condemns terrorist attacks in Nigeria
    07 july 2015 12:52:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Chairman and Senegal's President Macky Sall has strongly condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Nigeria that left more than 150 dead and many others injured.Full text...

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