President Buhari to depart for Niger Republic on Sept.7

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President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja for Niamey Niger Republic on September 7 for an ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government meeting.

This was disclosed by the official spokesperson of the President Mallam Garba Shehu on Sunday in a statement.

According to Shehu some Ministers and other top government officials will accompany the president to the summit and are expected back to the country at the end of the summit.

Issues to be discussed at the summit include the special report on COVID-19, a special report on the ECOWAS single currency program, the 2020 interim report on activities of the sub-regional body including ECOWAS Vision 2050, as well as issues surrounding the rise in incidents of terrorism, insurgency, and armed banditry in the region.

Below is the full statement on the President’s trip:

“President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja Monday for Niamey, Niger Republic to participate in the Fifty-Seventh Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government.”

“The one-day summit will deliberate on the Special Report on COVID-19 to be presented by President Buhari who was appointed the ECOWAS Champion on the Fight against COVID-19 during the Extraordinary Virtual Summit of ECOWAS on April 23, 2020.”

“As a Champion, the Nigerian leader was expected to coordinate the sub-regional response against the pandemic.”

“In furtherance of that objective, under the supervision of the Champion, Nigerian Ministers of Health, Aviation and Finance were appointed Chairpersons of the Ministerial Coordination Committees on Health; Transport, Logistics and Trade; and Finance respectively.”

“The Summit will also receive a Special Report on the ECOWAS Single Currency Programme to be presented by President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone and Chair of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ)and President Alassane Ouattara, who is Chair of the West African Economic Monetary Union (WAEMU/UEMOA).”

“The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean Claude Kassi Brou will present to the West African leaders, the 2020 Interim Report on activities of the sub-regional body including ECOWAS Vision 2050.”

“The alarming rise in incidents of terrorism, insurgency, armed banditry and piracy will also come under focus, while the disruption of the democratic process by the military in Mali, will receive further attention.”

“Similarly, in Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea and Niger where parliamentary and presidential elections are scheduled for this year the imperative to strengthen democracy in the sub-region by respecting constitutional provisions, rule of law and outcomes of free and fair polls, will be emphasized.”

“President Buhari, who will be accompanied to the Summit by ministers and other top government officials, will return to Abuja after the meeting.”

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