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  • ECOWAS commiserates with Guinea over top military officers' death
    13 february 2013 12:17:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Ouédraogo has sent a condolence message to President Alpha Conde of Guinea over the death of 12 persons, including the country's Army Chief, Gen. Souleymane Diallo, in a helicopter crash near Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, Monday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Commission President lashes out at Mali Islamists
    12 february 2013 13:23:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadre Ouedraogo has lashed out at the armed Islamist groups that until recently occupied the northern part of Mali, calling them “criminals and drug traffickers hiding under the guise of religion”. Full text...

  • ECOWAS commission signs MoU on peace, security
    12 february 2013 11:41:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and a Project Implementation Agreement (PIA) with 10 training institutions on peace and security in the region, as part of efforts to strengthen the capacities of the institutions, the Commission said in a statement obtained by PANA here Tuesday. Full text...

  • 2013 AFCON: ECOWAS salutes victorious Super Eagles of Nigeria
    11 february 2013 18:25:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo, has congratulated Nigeria’s Super Eagles for winning the just-concluded 29th Edition of the African Cup of Nations tournament, saying this has “crowned the brilliant and sterling performances of 'Teams ECOWAS' at the continental soccer fiesta held in South Africa". Full text...

  • 23-year-old Nigerian crowned Miss ECOWAS Peace Ambassador
    04 february 2013 14:32:21
    Port Harcourt, Nigeria (PANA) - Miss Hyeladzirra “Zirra” Banu of Nigeria has been crowned Miss ECOWAS Peace Ambassador 2012, after beating 26 other contestants at the pageant held recently in Port Harcourt, capital of the South South Rivers State. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Parliament president to visit Brussels
    29 january 2013 15:36:16
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The President of the ECOWAS Parliament, Ike Ekweremadu, is expected in Brussels Wednesday for a working visit during which he will hold talks with the president of the European parliament, Martin Schulz, PANA reported, quoting EU official communique. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Defence chiefs agree to deploy additional forces in Mali
    27 january 2013 18:31:28
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The ECOWAS Committee of Chiefs of Defence Staff (CDDS) rose from their one-day emergency meeting here Saturday, agreeing to accelerate the deployment of additional forces of the African-led Support Mission to Mali (AFISMA), according to a communique issued at the end of the meeting. Full text...

  • Donors' conference on Mali targets US$500m
    25 january 2013 13:12:35
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The donors' conference slated to hold in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 29 January, aims to raise US$500 million to support ongoing efforts to assist Mali to restore its sovereignty over the northern part of the country that was seized by armed Islamist groups last year, PANA learnt from sources close to the organisers here Friday. Full text...

  • West Africa military chiefs to meet on Mali
    24 january 2013 19:08:28
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - West African military chiefs, under the aegis of the Committee of Chiefs of Defence Staff (CDDS), are due to meet at an emergency session in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, on Saturday, in what will be their second meeting on the crisis in Mali within 10 days, the ECOWAS Commission announced Thursday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS gives Cape Verde US$190,000 for flood victims
    22 january 2013 18:22:44
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has donated US$190,000 to Cape Verde in support of victims of the unprecedented flood disaster that displaced many people and damaged property on the country’s Boa Vista Island last year. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Parliament declares "total support'' for Mali military intervention
    21 january 2013 18:54:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Monday declared “total support'' for the military operations by the regional bloc and the international community in Mali. Full text...

  • Mali's caretaker President only recognised authority - ECOWAS
    21 january 2013 12:13:41
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Désiré Ouedraogo has said Mali's caretaker President Dioncounda Traoré remains the only authority in the country that is recognised by the sub-regional body. Full text...

  • ECOWAS mobilises more troops, logistic support for Mali intervention force
    19 january 2013 21:17:21
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - West African leaders rose from their emergency summit in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, on Saturday by calling on all Member States as well as other African nations to urgently contribute troops to the African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA), which is battling armed Islamic groups in Mali. Full text...

  • Malian caretaker president to attend ECOWAS summit in Abidjan
    18 january 2013 15:35:17
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Mali’s caretaker president, Dioncounda Traore, is expected in the Ivorian economic capital, Abidjan, where he will attend Saturday's extraordinary summit of ECOWAS heads of state on the current situation in Mali, official sources told PANA here Friday. Full text...

  • 'Mali-trained militants in Nigeria'
    18 january 2013 09:37:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria has revealed the presence in the country of terrorists trained in Mali, the northern part of which is in the hands of armed Islamist groups who seized it last year. Full text...

  • President Mahama to attend ECOWAS summit
    17 january 2013 20:05:22
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama will attend the emergency summit of the Economic Community of West African Sates (ECOWAS) scheduled for the main Ivorian city of Abidjan to discuss the crisis in Mali. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Chief, UN Official discuss security in West Africa
    16 january 2013 10:27:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo, and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in West Africa, Ambassador Said Djinnit, met here Monday to review cooperation between their institutions, especially the implementation of the UN Resolution 2085 on Mali. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Army Chiefs meet in Bamako
    15 january 2013 19:22:26
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - A meeting of the Army Chiefs of staff from the Economic community of West African States (ECOWAS) opened Tuesday in Bamako, the Malian capital, under the chairmanship of the Ivorian military Chief, General Soumaïla Bagayoko, whose country chairs the sub-regional organization, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • ECOWAS member States urged to remove barriers to integration
    14 january 2013 12:30:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Director-General of the West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM), Professor Akpan Ekpo, has called on member States of the West African Economic bloc, ECOWAS, to fast track efforts to remove existing barriers to free movements of goods, services and finances, saying the move would hasten economic integration. Full text...

  • ECOWAS postpones extra-ordinary summit on Mali
    13 january 2013 16:24:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The West African regional bloc, ECOWAS, has postponed its extra-ordinary summit on Mali from Wednesday in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, to Saturday (19Jan) at the same venue, ECOWAS sources told PANA here Sunday. Full text...

  • 'Nigeria yet to deploy troops to Mali'
    13 january 2013 08:21:28
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria has denied reports that it has already deployed troops to Mali under the auspices of the African-led International Support Mission for Mali (AFISMA). Full text...

  • ECOWAS holds extra-ordinary summit on Mali Wed
    12 january 2013 13:20:33
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is to hold an extra-ordinary summit on Mali on Wednesday in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, PANA learnt from here Saturday. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: ECOWAS holds extra-ordinary summit on Mali Wed
    12 january 2013 12:50:18
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is to hold an extra-ordinary summit on Mali Wednesday in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, PANA reported from here Saturday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS orders immediate troops deployment to Mali
    12 january 2013 11:59:01
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS has ordered an immediate deployment of troops to Mali, following what it calls the ''serious deterioration'' of the situation in the West African nation. Full text...

  • UN Women chief hails ECOWAS for gender equality
    11 january 2013 17:26:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Under-Secretary General and Executive Director, UN Women, Michelle Bachelet, has commended ECOWAS for its role as “a driving force for gender equality and women’s empowerment in West Africa.” Full text...

  • ECOWAS lauds Nigerian armed forces for regional peace
    10 january 2013 07:31:43
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Ouédraogo has commended members of the Nigerian Armed Forces for their immense contribution to peace and stability in the region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Parliament Speaker tasks President Mahama on unity, integration
    07 january 2013 18:52:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament Ike Ekweremadu Monday called on the newly-inaugurated Ghana President John Mahama to work towards uniting all political interests in Ghana by running an inclusive government. Full text...

  • Nigeria repatriates over 16,000 illegal immigrants in 2012
    30 december 2012 20:00:57
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) said it repatriated 16,738 illegal immigrants, mostly from ECOWAS countries, in 2012. Full text...

  • ECOWAS condoles with Nigeria's President over fatal chopper crash
    24 december 2012 19:27:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Ouédraogo has condoled with Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan over the 15 Dec. fatal crash of a military chopper that claimed six lives, including a State Governor and a former National Security Adviser (NSA). Full text...

  • ECOWAS welcomes UN resolution on Africa-led int'l support mission in Mali
    21 december 2012 13:42:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS has welcomed the UN resolution, adopted at its meeting on 20 December, 2012, authorizing the deployment of the African-led International Support Mission (AFISMA) in Mali, under the provisions of Chapter VII of the UN Charter. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Commission Chief, Liberia's President discuss national security, regional issues
    19 december 2012 08:48:56
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo and host Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf have held talks on a host of issues, including security at the Liberia-Cote d’Ivoire border and political and economic developments in the region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS donates 300 metric tons of rice to Liberia for Ivorian refugees
    19 december 2012 08:29:10
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has donated over 300 metric tons of rice to the Liberian government for distribution to more than 66,800 Ivorian refugees in Liberia, Full text...

  • Commission President meets ECOWAS Ambassadors in Liberia
    18 december 2012 11:01:38
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo Monday met with Ambassadors of ECOWAS member states in Liberia, telling them that in addition to peace and security, the new leadership at the Commission also places high priority on regional economic development, food security, as well as human capital and infrastructural development. Full text...

  • ECOWAS assures citizens on peace, security
    18 december 2012 10:54:39
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo has assured Community citizens of the regional bloc's determination to make the region a zone of peace governed by the rule of law and respect of human rights. Full text...

  • Global rights body hails ECOWAS Court ruling on Niger Delta pollution
    15 december 2012 17:43:51
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International Saturday hailed the ECOWAS Court's ruling which found the Nigerian government and multinational corporations responsible for years of pollution in the Niger Delta. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Court of Justice holds historic session in Nigerian city
    15 december 2012 15:28:44
    Ibadan, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Court of Justice has rounded off a five-day external session in Nigeria's South-west city of Ibadan, marking the first time the Court would hold such a session in a Nigerian city other than Abuja, the nation's capital where it is based. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Court to deliver judgment in Nigeria oil pollution case Friday
    13 december 2012 10:13:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice sitting in Nigeria's South-west city of Ibadan will deliver judgment Friday in a case brought by the NGO Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) against the Nigerian Government and six oil companies over alleged violation of human rights and associated oil pollution in the oil-producing Niger Delta region Full text...

  • ECOWAS, US condemn forced resignation of Mali PM
    12 december 2012 09:28:03
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the United States have condemned the forced resignation and arrest of Malian Prime Minister Cheick Modibo Diarra by the country's military junta. Full text...

  • Obasanjo reiterates appeal for peaceful polls in Ghana
    06 december 2012 13:37:02
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Head of the 250-member ECOWAS Observer Mission to Friday's presidential and legislative elections in Ghana, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, has reiterated his appeal for calm, civil conduct and a peaceful atmosphere during the polls. Full text...

  • ECOWAS poll observers deploy in Ghana
    06 december 2012 13:27:25
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Members of the 250-strong ECOWAS Observer Mission to Friday's presidential and parliamentary elections in Ghana have been deployed across the country’s 10 administrative regions to monitor the conduct of the polls. Full text...

  • ECOWAS poll observers in Ghana ''to strengthen democratic governance''
    05 december 2012 13:22:57
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The 250-member ECOWAS Election Observation Mission for Friday's general elections in Ghana is in the country to lend support and strengthen democratic governance in the region, the ECOWAAS Commissioner of Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Mrs. Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman, said in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, Tuesday. Full text...

  • Head of ECOWAS Observers, Obasanjo, hails Ghana's democratic tradition
    05 december 2012 12:53:40
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Head of the 250-member ECOWAS Observation Mission for Friday's general elections in Ghana, former Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo, has lauded the country's National Peace Council for its contribution to the pre-election agreement signed by all political stakeholders in the country to play by the rule and ensure a peaceful electoral process. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, Venezuela sign anti-malaria pact
    04 december 2012 08:57:31
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS and Venezuela have signed the Work Plan for the implementation of a 2009 Letter of Intent between them for the elimination of Malaria in West Africa, according to an ECOWAS Commission statement obtained by PANA here Tuesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS disagrees with UN Scribe over Mali deployment
    02 december 2012 18:00:21
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - In a rare diplomatic spat, the regional bloc ECOWAS has openly expressed its disagreement with the UN Secretary General concerning the urgency to deploy an African-led mission to Mali to help the country regain part of its territory seized by Islamists and rebels. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Council of Ministers meet in Abidjan
    30 november 2012 13:50:22
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The 69th ordinary session of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers opened Friday in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire to consider issues relating to the smooth running of the organisation and make recommendations to the Heads of State and Government. Full text...

  • ECOWAS mobilises member states on child protection
    30 november 2012 13:35:34
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has called on member states to support the implementation of regional Policy and Plan of Action for Child Protection and Child Trafficking, as entry points for addressing the challenges related to the protection of the rights of women and children in the region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS congratulates Koroma on re-election
    30 november 2012 13:28:48
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo has congratulated Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma on his election to a second five-year mandate in the 17 November 2012 polls. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Election Observation Mission due in Ghana
    29 november 2012 14:05:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The 250-member ECOWAS Election Observation Mission was due in Accra Thursday for Ghana’s 7th December general elections, according to an ECOWAS Commission statement obtained by PANA here. Full text...

  • ECOWAS trains 62 community youth in air conditioning, auto mechanic engineering
    19 november 2012 18:50:50
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Sixty-two yougsters from 11 ECOWAS Member States have successfully completed an intensive training in air conditioning and auto-mechanic engineering, organized by the ECOWAS Youth and Sports Development Centre (EYSDC) at Burkina Faso’s Reference Centre for Professional Training in Ziniare, some 36-km, east of Ouagadougou, the Burkinabe capital. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone's elections free, fair, credible - ECOWAS
    19 november 2012 11:43:16
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The regional bloc ECOWAS has described Saturday's general elections in Sierra Leone as free, fair and credible, a big boost for the country that was solely responsible for organising the third elections in the country since the end of its brutal civil war in 2002. Full text...

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