ECOWAS, PCU call for policy framework to develop practice of agroecology in Nigeria

October 17, 2022 Blueprint 0

As Nigeria marks the 2022 World Food Day, experts from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and stakeholders at the National Policy Dialogue on Agroecology in Nigeria has called for a policy framework for the development and practice of agroecology in Nigeria. The stakeholders during the policy dialogue workshop said the destructive tendencies of the effect of climate Read More

Assessing Border Drill Sector 4

October 2, 2022 Blueprint 0

The quest to secure Nigeria borders against smuggling, terrorism, banditry and other illicit activities received a boost over three years ago with the inauguration of the Border Drill patrol by the Nigeria Customs Service through the office of the National Security Adviser.This event of August 20, 2019, was to boost food production, encourage indigenous manufacturers and accelerate economic diversification. The Read More

Burkina Faso military head of state overthrown

October 1, 2022 Solomon Arowolo 0

Captain Ibrahim Traore has announced on live television that he has overthrown Burkina Faso’s Military Head of State Paul Henri Damiba. Paul Henri Damiba rose to power in January 2022 after overthrowing Burkina Faso President Roch Kabore. The announcement capped a day that began with gunfire near a military camp in the capital Ouagadougou, an explosion near the presidential palace, Read More

Free movement in West Africa still matters despite challenges

August 30, 2022 Blueprint 0

For the last 40 years, countries in West Africa have tried to meet their commitment to letting people move more freely between them. This has been driven by the regional body – The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).Launched in 1975, it has 15 member states and its founding treaty foresees the long-term establishment of a free movement zone Read More

Breaking: Twitter ban unlawful, ECOWAS court rules, warns FG

July 14, 2022 Solomon Arowolo 0

The Economic Community of West African States’ Court has declared “unlawful” the federal government suspension of Twitter. The court also ordered the regime of the President, Muhammadu Buhari, “never to repeat it again”. This followed a suit by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and 176 concerned Nigerians, according to SERAP’s Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare. The Minister of Information and Read More

Create enabling environment for agribusiness to thrive – ECOWAS

June 5, 2022 John Oba Abuja 0

The Head of Agriculture Division in the ECOWAS Commission, Mr. Ernest Aubee, has stated that, agribusiness development in Africa requires provision of enabling policy, legal and economic environment. This is even as he said increased public and private sector investments in the continent was is critical Aubee stated this recently while presenting a paper with the title, “Sustainable Agribusiness in Read More

Again, Buhari jets out of Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Saturday, June 4 in Accra, Ghana attend an Extraordinary Summit of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government on the political situation in Mali and other parts of the sub-region. The Summit which will hold at the Presidential Palace, Accra, also known as the Jubilee House, is expected to review progress made by Read More

FEC approves NNPC, ECOWAS deal on Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline

June 1, 2022 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has given approval for the NNPC to enter into an agreement with ECOWAS for the construction of the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline. Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, briefed State House correspondents after the FEC meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Sylva said the project was Read More

NEPC boss re-elected ECOWAS TPO President

May 22, 2022 Adeola Tukuru, Abuja 0

The Executive Director/CEO of Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Dr. Ezra Yakusak, has been reelected as the President of ECOWAS Trade Promotion Organisations (TPOs) Network in Accra, Ghana. Dr. Ezra is to serve another one year tenure and will lead 15 other member ECOWAS countries in driving trade within the sub-region. His re-election is also in line with Article 11 Read More

EBID secures $100m India’s Eximbank for private sector financing

March 29, 2022 Benjamin Umuteme 0

The ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID) on Tuesday signed a $100 million historic commercial credit line agreement with the India Exim Bank. The agreement which was signed in London is intended to engender the impactful transformation of the private sector in the West African sub-region. President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of EBID Dr. George Agyekum Read More

Osinbajo attends ECOWAS extraordinary summit in Ghana

March 25, 2022 Blueprint 0

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will depart Lagos on Friday for Accra, Ghana, to represent Nigeria at an Extraordinary Summit of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government. Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement in Abuja, said the summit would focus on the political situation in Mali and other parts of the region. It indicated that the vice-president Read More

‘Nigeria paid $Im to WFP for ECOWAS assistance to vulnerable families in 2021’

March 19, 2022 Chamba Simeh, Abuja 0

The federal government paid $1 million in 2021 to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) as part of an ECOWAS humanitarian assistance for victims of violent conflicts in North-west and North-east Nigeria. The fund from ECOWAS was granted to the government of Nigeria from the ECOWAS Regional Stabilisation Fund. According to a joint news release from the WFP, the Federal Ministry Read More

Mali coup: ECOWAS leaders close borders, recall envoys, freeze assets

January 11, 2022 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

Leaders in sub-region have shown commitment to good governance, democratic enterprises, says Osinbajo. With its latest stand against unconstitutional seizure of power, leaders of member states in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have shown strong resolve and commitment to issues of good governance and democracy in the sub-region, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said. Prof. Osinbajo stated Read More

We’ll make as much sacrifice as we can for Mali within ECOWAS requirements – Buhari

January 7, 2022 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday received a Special Envoy from Col. Assimi Goita, the Transitional President of Mali, promising that Nigeria would do her level best for the sister country, within the requirements of ECOWAS. Col. Abdoulaye Maiga, Mali’s Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation, led a team, which briefed President Buhari on Conclusions from the National Conference on State-Rebuilding, held Read More

RMRDC, ECOWAS to develop industrial potential of livestock slaughter- waste

December 21, 2021 Blueprint 0

The representative of Economic Community of West Africa State (ECOWAS), Dr. Adetoyin Jolaosho, has said that the proposed partnership between the council would witness a boom in the livestock and abattoir subsector. He said there is a plan to set up cottage industries for processing of livestockwaste materials into viable product in Gombe, Bauchi and Edo states respectively. Jolaosho, who Read More

Only 6 countries respect ECOWAS court rulings- Justice Asante

November 22, 2021 Ifeanyi Emeka 0

The ECOWAS Court of Justice Monday said only six West African countries are ready to respect its rulings, 20 years after its establishment. President of the Court, Justice Amoako Asante, in a virtual conference in Abuja said since the establishment of the court in 1991, only six countries of the 15 member states, had met the prerequisite for obeying the Read More

The Arms Control Bill

September 28, 2021 Blueprint 0

The letter by President Muhammadu Buhari last week, requesting the Senate to consider two executive bills to tackle insecurity in the country is an ample demonstration by the Buhari administration to tackle the seemingly intractable hydra-headed insecurity which has been bedeviling the Nigeria for over 10 years, prior to his government that assumed power in 2015. This is, indeed, a Read More

Ex-Chief of Naval Staff Ibas resumes as Nigeria’s envoy to Ghana

September 13, 2021 Binta Shama 0

Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana, Ambassador Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas has promised to build on the existing brotherly relations between Nigeria and Ghana. Ibas, the immediate past Nigeria’s Chief of Naval Staff, also disclosed that the two countries have issues of mutual interests, including collaboration in fighting piracy in the gulf of Guinea, human trafficking, smuggling of arms and terrorism. Ambassador Read More

Breaking: ECOWAS slams suspension on Guinea over military coup

September 8, 2021 Aljazeera 0

West Africa’s main regional bloc has suspended Guinea’s membership, days after a military coup that removed President Alpha Conde. During an extraordinary virtual summit on Wednesday, leaders from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) demanded a return to the constitutional order and the immediate release of Conde, who was arrested by special forces led by Lieutenant Colonel Mamady Doumbouya on Read More

Unsustainable agric practices hampering global food production – Expert

August 22, 2021 John Oba 0

The ECOWAS Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Ernest Aubee, has expressed concerns over the broken global food production system saying it is destroying food production system. Dr. Aubee stated this during a group presentation to a Journalists platform ‘Go Organic’ on the topic: ‘Importance of Ecological Organic Agriculture Policies in the Transformation of West African Agriculture” recently. He said the current Read More

Migration, trafficking: When grass isn’t greener on the other side

August 20, 2021 Blueprint 0

The average Nigerian wants to travel out of the country to seek greener pastures, a situation that has been made worse with growing unemployment and economic recession in Nigeria. PAUL OKAH reports that the grass isn’t greener on the other side with more Nigerians falling victims of human trafficking and irregular migration. There is a growing fad for Nigerians to Read More

3.4bn world population suffer hunger, malnourished – Expert

August 19, 2021 John Oba 0

An expert, the Head Agriculture Division, ECOWAS Commission, Dr. Mr Ernest Aubee, has said half of the world’s population are not well fed, while 3.4 billion suffer hunger, malnutrition and obesity. Aubee made the assertion recently during an online presentation on the `Agro-ecology way to ensuring food security and sustaining the environment’, organised by Journalists Go Organic Initiative. He described Read More