ECOWAS Court records unprecedented achievements in 2019- President

Adoba Echono,Abuja

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The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice recorded unprecedented achievements in 2019.

The President of the Regional Court, Justice Edward Asante Amoako Asante disclosed at the ”Inaugural Staff Excellence Award’ ceremony for ECOWAS Court members of staff in Abuja, Nigeria.

Justice Asante explained that 2019 marked an important milestone for the regional court because it delivered 48 decisions, 38 judgments and 10 rulings.

“2019 marks an important milestone in the history of the court, for first time since its establishment in 2001, we have delivered 48 decisions, comprising of 38 judgment and 10 rulings.”

Justice Asante said to motivate and strengthen bond among members of staffs for greater productivity the regional organised the Staff Excellence Award ceremony.

The award ceremony was set aside to motivate and to recognised long serving staffs as part of the valedictory session for the first set of judges of the court which was last done in 2014,” according to Justice Asante.

The award was given to members of staff who were outstanding and dedicated to work.

The President of the regional court said that to buildup team spirit there was need for awards and rewards to be given to members of staff that had shown great efforts in moving the court forward.

 “The number of pending cases also reached a historic 119 as at the end of December 2019 and this ceremony gives me the opportunity to acknowledge the role of staff in these laudable achievements,” Justice Asante explained.

“These members of staff have served to strengthen the role of court in the community’s integration; particularly through the exercise of its mandate, which has become its pre-eminent mandate.

“Staff has by dedication and commitment, the number and quality of their decisions in order to further strengthen the enviable jurisprudence of the court through the timely delivery of justice,’’ he said.

Justice Asante also added that there was an improvement in staff working tools in the last quarter of 2019.

“Since our assumption of duty in August in 2018, we have sought to confront the identified challenges militating against court’s performance, mainly staff welfare issues, working tools.”

“We hope to continue on this trajectory in 2020 in order to permanently resolve this recurring problem and to further improve on the setback.”

We are engaged with our host government to resolve the court’s debilitating perennial accommodation constraints in furtherance of our determination to improve the working environment for enhance performance.

He also urged and congratulated the beneficiaries not to rest on their oars while the others should see the recognition as an incentive to aspire to become the next set of beneficiaries.

Mrs. Siny Sare, from Senegal came over all best, while Mr Sanfo Dauda, from Burkina Faso, was the first runner up.

Ms. Kofolorowa Adenibagbe, from Nigeria emerged third.

Mrs. Magdalene Abdullahi, from Senegal was the fourth officers to benefit from the award.

Ime Njoku