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  • 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...

  • ECOWAS: Gov. gives recipe for faster regional integration
    07 july 2015 10:26:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Governor Rochas Okorocha of Nigeria’s South-eastern Imo State has called for the adoption of regional laws that facilitate the realization of the objectives of the ECOWAS by contributing to the development and integration of West Africa. Full text...

  • Nigeria: State gov. advocates regional language for ECOWAS region
    03 july 2015 15:30:22
    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. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: ECOWAS accredits five Ambassadors
    02 july 2015 17:45:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission on Thursday accredited five Ambassadors to the sub-regional group, with Commission President using the occasion to pledge greater cooperation with the diplomatic Missions accredited to the Commission towards the entrenchment of peace, security, stability and economic advancement of the region. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria to assist Burkina Faso to organize polls
    02 july 2015 17:19:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria has pledged to work with other ECOWAS member-nations and the international community to assist Burkina Faso in conducting free, credible and peaceful elections. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Integration, development agenda receives boost
    01 july 2015 09:53:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission and its Development Partners have agreed to continue to work towards the full realization of their regional integration and development agenda for West Africa. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire: AFC grants Guinea 30 million euros for road infrastructure
    30 june 2015 11:59:46
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - Multilateral financial institution Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) has given Guinea a loan of 30 million Euros to renovate the 194-kilometre road linking Kissidougou and Kankan, the corporation said.Full text...

  • Benin: West African network for anti-tuberculosis programmes to be established
    30 june 2015 11:38:16
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - A West African network for anti-tuberculosis programmes is to be established in the sub-region to strengthen national initiatives, PANA reported from here Tuesday.Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Community Court hears Burkina parties' case Tuesday
    29 june 2015 14:01:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice will Tuesday hear a case brought by seven of Burkina Faso’s political parties, including the former ruling party, challenging the amendment to the country’s Electoral Act which excluded them from the political process, the court said Monday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: 'How to end menace of street children'
    29 june 2015 13:03:06
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The creation of a legal instrument spurred by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, adapted to local socio-cultural realities, has been recommended as one of the measures to eradicate the menace of street children in the ECOWAS region. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'New date soon for ECOWAS/ECCAS Summit on Boko Haram'
    25 june 2015 17:18:26
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A new date will soon be agreed for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) Security Summit on Boko Haram, as part of a broader war against terrorism, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has said.Full text...

  • ECOWAS: ECOWAS welcomes signing of Mali accord
    24 june 2015 11:53:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has welcomed the complete signing of the Accord for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, which took place in the Malian capital, Bamako, last Saturday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Court President condemns street children phenomenon
    24 june 2015 09:21:55
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The President of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, Hon. Justice Maria de Céu Silva Monteiro, has condemned the phenomenon of street children in the region, describing it as an ''unequivocal violation of the rights of children''. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: ECOWAS Court, UNHCR sign pact on rights of refugees
    17 june 2015 17:48:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice (ECCJ) and the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) have signed an agreement to cooperate in improving the protection of the rights of refugees, asylum-seekers, returnees, IDPs, stateless persons and those at risk of statelessness in West Africa, the Court said Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: ECOWAS condemns Boko Haram attack in Chad
    17 june 2015 12:55:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS has condemned the recent Boko Haram attack in Chad that left over 20 people dead, calling it appalling, barbaric and despicable. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: ECOWAS Court to hear rights case against Nigeria 24 Sept
    16 june 2015 10:14:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice has fixed 24 Sept. 2015 for hearing in a case brought by an Islamic organisation seeking 105 billion Naira (US$523 million) in compensatory damages against the Nigerian government over the death of 800 people and the displacement of 60,000 others in the violence that followed the 2011 presidential election. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Court of Justice to hear cases involving Nigeria, Cote D’Ivoire, Liberia
    03 june 2015 19:09:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice will on 12 June 2015 hear a case in which the Nigerian government is accused of being ‘negligent’ and in violation of human rights for not clearing landmines and explosives from the country’s civil war. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Court adjourns case by Islamic Centre against Nigerian State Attorney General
    03 june 2015 14:47:51
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice has adjourned a case by Islamic Centre against the Attorney-General of the central Niger State. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ouedraogo: ECOWAS has made 'giant strides'
    27 may 2015 21:35:05
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - As the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) celebrates its 40th anniversary, the president of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadré Désiré Ouedraogo, says the sub-region has made "giant strides" towards the creation of a common region with respect for their cultural diversity. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria celebrates ECOWAS at 40
    27 may 2015 19:36:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The abolition of Visas among ECOWAS member-states, right of residence and establishment, construction of regional roads, as well as the maintenance of peace and regional security have been highlighted as some of the significant achievements of the regional body. Full text...

  • Ghana: Senegalese president Sall elected ECOWAS chair
    19 may 2015 21:30:01
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - President of Senegal Macky Sall was on Tuesday elected the new Chairman of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).Full text...

  • Ghana: 'Fight against Boko Haram is far from over' - ECOWAS chairman
    19 may 2015 15:40:38
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The 47th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and government opened in Accra on Tuesday with a caution that the fight against the Nigeria-based Boko Haram terrorist group is far from over despite the surge against it.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Jonathan to attend his last ECOWAS Summit
    19 may 2015 09:07:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan leaves here Tuesday for Accra, Ghana, to attend the 47th ECOWAS Summit, which will be his last since he is due to vacate office 29 May after losing the 28 March presidential election. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Integration ministers tasked on Court of Justice decision implementation
    17 may 2015 21:39:27
    Accra, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Community Court of Justice President Maria do Ceu Silva Monteiro has asked ministers responsible for regional integration in West Africa to assist the court in facilitating the creation of focal points for the implementation of the court’s decisions in their countries. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Court awards US$ 250,000 damages to wrongly dismissed police officer
    16 may 2015 13:03:06
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Court of Justice has ordered the government of Sierra Leone to pay US$ 250,000 in damages for the ‘pre-meditated’ dismissal of a police officer, Mohammed El Tayyib Bah, based on a ‘concocted allegation’ without affording him the opportunity to defend himself. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: 40th Anniversary Celebrations postponed
    13 may 2015 14:28:25
    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. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt dragged to ECOWAS Court over suffering of IDPs
    12 may 2015 10:25:16
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian NGO Socio-Economic Rights & Accountability Project (SERAP) has dragged the country's federal government to the ECOWAS Community Court in the capital city of Abuja over “immense suffering of Internally Displaced Persons across the country”. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Centre launched to boost maritime security in Gulf of Guinea
    06 may 2015 18:18:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS has inaugurated its Multinational Maritime Coordination Centre for Zone “E” in Cotonou, Benin, to respond to security threats and other maritime issues along the territorial waters of Togo, Niger, Benin and Nigeria on the Gulf of Guinea. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: ECOWAS to partner with urban music organizers to deepen regional integration
    04 may 2015 14:50:34
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has pledged to strengthen partnership with the organizers of the Urban Music Festival (Festival des Musiques Urbaines d’Anoumba FEMUA), as a way of deepening integration of the region using culture and music. Full text...

  • Togo: Two W/African leaders pay 'solidarity visit' to Togo after successful polls
    30 april 2015 12:52:06
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Two West African leaders have paid a solidarity visit to Togo following the country's presidential elections of 25 April, which the regional bloc Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said were held under acceptable free and transparent conditions. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Experts urge vigilance, sustained measures against Ebola
    30 april 2015 12:36:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Governments in West Africa should improve health governance by scaling up investments in health infrastructure and human capital to ensure proactive responses to pandemics such as Ebola, a panel of discussants on Ebola has recommended. Full text...

  • Togo: 'Presidential poll held under acceptable conditions'
    30 april 2015 10:01:44
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - The presidential elections in Togo on Saturday were held “under acceptable free and transparent conditions,” the ECOWAS Election Observation Mission has declared. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS unveils operational manual for use by national offices
    26 april 2015 17:13:41
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has officially unveiled an Operational Manual for use by National Offices to engage Member States in the effective implementation and monitoring of Community programmes and activities at national level. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ministers to validate strategy for implementing West Africa industrial policy
    19 april 2015 14:04:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Ministers in charge of Industry and Quality in West Africa are to meet Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Ex-Nigerian head of state advocates Government of West African States
    17 april 2015 13:48:52
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Yakubu Gowon, a retired army general, former Nigerian Head of Sate and a founding father of ECOWAS, has advocated the creation of a Government of West African States for the common good of the 15-nation Community’s estimated 300 million people as a building block for the United States of Africa. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS condemns xenophobic attacks in South Africa
    17 april 2015 08:35:37
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - West African leaders on Friday condemned the xenophobic murders of Africans in South Africa and urged the government of President Jacob Zuma to end the barbaric and criminal wave of attacks. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: ECOWAS Commission to deploy 100 observers for Togo polls
    16 april 2015 12:05:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission is to deploy 100 election observers, headed by former Liberian Interim President Amos Sawyer, to monitor Togo’s 25th April 2015 Presidential elections, the ECOWAS Commission said. Full text...

  • Togo: Togolese women unite for peaceful polls
    16 april 2015 11:21:41
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Participants at the just-ended national training workshop on Gender and Elections in Lomé, Togo, have committed to uniting and mobilising women for peaceful elections in the country. Full text...

  • Togo: ECOWAS calls for gender equality on electoral issues
    15 april 2015 15:47:46
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Participants in a just-ended regional workshop on Gender and Elections have advocated the adoption of relevant laws for gender equality in electoral matters. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Mandate of Community Court may be expanded to cover genocide, crimes against humanity
    10 april 2015 13:21:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The regional bloc Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is considering the possibility of enlarging the mandate of its regional court to enable it handle cases relating to the massive violation of human rights such as genocide and crimes against humanity, a judge of the Court said in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, on Thursday.Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Judicial Council Chair makes pledge on regional platform for judges
    09 april 2015 11:21:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Chair of the ECOWAS Judicial Council Rene Francois Aphing-Kouassi has pledged to facilitate the establishment of a regional platform that will bring together judges from the community’s member states to discuss laws relating to regional integration and human rights, in order to promote greater synergy among courts in member states. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: ECOWAS Commission President hails Nigeria over successful polls
    03 april 2015 13:10:28
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Desire Ouédraogo has congratulated Nigerians for the successful and peaceful conduct of the 28 March 2015 presidential and Federal Legislative elections.Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2015: ECOWAS congratulates Nigeria for successful election
    01 april 2015 07:21:52
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has congratulated Nigeria for a successful presidential election that has seen the opposition candidate, retired Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, triumph over President Goodluck Jonathan. Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2015: ECOWAS commends Nigerians for commitment to democracy
    28 march 2015 14:50:06
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Head of the ECOWAS Election Observation Mission (EOM) and former Ghanaian president, John Kufuor, has commended Nigerian voters for their enthusiasm and commitment to deepening democracy in their country, and by extension, the region. Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2015: ECOWAS, other int'l observers confident in Nigeria's electoral process
    28 march 2015 11:45:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Head of the ECOWAS Election Observation Mission (EOM) and former Ghanaian President, John Kufuor, and leaders of other international poll observers, including those from the African Union (AU), the Commonwealth and the US, have expressed confidence in the ability and efforts of National Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to deliver free, fair, transparent and credible elections in Nigeria. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Community Court President makes case for under-privileged litigants
    26 march 2015 12:40:33
    Bissau, Guinea-Bissau (PANA) - The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice President, Hon. Justice Maria de Ceu Silva Monteiro, has advocated the establishment of a legal aid fund in the region to support under-privileged citizens wishing to avail themselves of the services of the Community Court of Justice for cases under its jurisprudence. Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2015: ECOWAS President appeals for peaceful polls in Nigeria
    25 march 2015 12:54:42
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Chairman, Ghana’s President John Mahama, has called for peaceful, free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2015: ECOWAS chair meets with Jonathan, head of INEC
    23 march 2015 19:00:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Ahead of Saturday's presidential and federal parliamentary elections in Nigeria, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Chairman and Ghanaian President John Draman Mahma Tuesday paid a one-day visit to Nigeria.Full text...

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