Adoba Echono, Abuja
Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS Council of Ministers have stressed the need for collective action from Member States to meet the challenging development needs of the region
The Chairman of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers and the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria, Ambassador Mustapha Suleiman made the call in a statement at the closing ceremony of the 82nd Ordinary Session of the Council of Ministers on the 27th of June 2019 in Abuja, Nigeria.
In order to achieve this, Ambassador Suleiman urged Member States to honour their commitments to the Institution to enable it deliver on its mandate to the Community.
Ambassador Suleiman, who is also the Permanent Secretary in Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, commended all the participants for their frank contributions and the friendly spirit that persisted throughout the deliberations at the Session.
He also commended the Council of Members and the ECOWAS Commission and other Community Institutions for the cooperation received.
The Council considered memoranda on the hosting of the Headquarters of the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor, the award of the 2018 ECOWAS Prize of Excellence, the ECOWAS Human Capital Development Strategy and High-Level dialogue on human capital development in West Africa, among others.
Recommendations from the Council of Ministers will be presented at the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government Summit which will take place in Abuja, Nigeria on the 29th of June 2019.