President Muhammadu Buhari has called on the member states of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS to pay their annual contributions as and when due.
Speaking while receiving the new President of the ECOWAS Commission, Mr Jean Claude Brou at the State House, Abuja, the President advised the organisation to run a leaner organisation by cutting costs and becoming more efficient, to achieve the objectives of the sub-regional body.
President Buhari said a lot of work had already been done towards cutting running cost for which a committee had recommended the reduction of the number of Commissioners, and a drastic reduction in the cost of keeping them in office.
“We must work towards limiting costs, keeping the number of statutory positions low and running the organisation more efficiently,” he said.
The Nigerian leader, while welcoming the new President of the ECOWAS Commission to Abuja, pledged the full support of the government of Nigeria in ensuring that his tenure was successful.
According to President Buhari, “The task is enormous. The job is not easy, given the many challenges facing the sub-region, ranging from issues of security and that posed by the environment, including the shrinkage of the Lake Chad.”
He however, stressed the full commitment of Nigeria working with other ECOWAS member countries, towards finding lasting solution to the problems.
Mr Brou, who is an Ivorian, presented a special message from the Ivorian President, Alassane Ouattara to President Buhari and condoled with him on the recent deaths of his family members.