ECOWAS set up committee on Nigeria’s land border closure

The Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government has constituted a committee to study and make a full report on Nigeria’s land border closure with her neighbours.

Headed by President Christian Kabore of Burkina Faso, the decision to set up the committee was agreed at an extraordinary session of ECOWAS leaders, convened on the margins of the 33rd AU Summit to discuss the issue and other pressing regional matters.

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Presided over by President Buhari and chaired by the ECOWAS Chairman, President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger Republic, the meeting also discussed West Africa′s new single currency, the Eco, and the situation in Guinea Bissau after the presidential election.

Although no timelines have been set for the committee to submit its report, it is expected to begin its assignment quickly.

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Speaking to journalists on the proposed single currency for ECOWAS, Nigeria’s Foreign Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, said: nothing had changed in respect of Nigeria’s position.

He explained that Nigeria’s position was that the convergence criteria had not been met by majority of the countries, hence the need extension of time on the take-off of the single currency.

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On Guinea Bissau, the Minister said ECOWAS leaders had recognised that there was an appeal of the presidential election result, and that they were waiting for the Supreme Court decision on the matter.

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