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  • 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...

  • 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...

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