President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to depart Abuja on Monday for Niamey, Niger Republic to participate in the Fifty-Seventh Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government.
According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the one-day summit would deliberate on the Special Report on COVID-19 to be presented by the Nigeria President who was appointed the ECOWAS Champion on the Fight against COVID-19 during the Extraordinary Virtual Summit of ECOWAS on April 23, 2020.
Shehu said as ECOWAS Champion on the Fight Against COVID-19, President Buhari was 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.
He said the Summit would 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).
Shehu also stated that the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean Claude Kassi Brou would present to the West African leaders, the 2020 Interim Report on activities of the sub-regional body including ECOWAS Vision 2050.
He said the alarming rise in incidents of terrorism, insurgency, armed banditry and piracy would also come under focus, while the disruption of the democratic process by the military in Mali, would 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 emphasised.
According to Shehu, “President Buhari will be accompanied to the Summit by ministers and other top government officials, will return to Abuja after the meeting.”