Adhere to ECOWAS Protocols to fast track Economic Integration – Onyeama
His Excellency, Geoffrey Onyema, Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs has called on all concerned to adhere to ECOWAS Protocol in order to fast track economic integration in the region. The Minister made this call at a two day retreat of the ECOWAS Permanent Representative Committee (PRC) jointly organized by the ECOWAS Commission and The Permanent Mission of Nigeria to ECOWAS.
Onyeama pointed out the fact that lack of full implementation of ECOWAS Protocols which are aimed at fast tracking economic integration and development in the sub region, especially the protocols on free movement of persons, goods and services. He urged the Ambassadors to do more in convincing their respective governments to ratify some of the key pending protocols and agreements as well as domesticating them.
In a press statement from the office of Sarah Sanda, the Special Adviser on Media to the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, made available to the Diplomatic Circle, the Minister assured that Nigeria under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari as ECOWAS Chairman will continue to work closely with the management of all ECOWAS institutions towards the realization of common aspirations and goals.
The Minister also commended the Chairman of the Permanent Representatives Committee – Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the ECOWAS Commission Ambassador Babatunde Nurudeeen for taking the initiative of bringing together the Permanent Representatives of accredited member States to deliberate on the all important subject “The Permanent Representatives Committee as a Catalyst for Implementing the Development, Regional Integration and Post Vision 2020 Programmes of ECOWAS.