Abuja - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission Vice President, Dr Toga McIntosh, has urged Ambassadors and High Commissioners of Member States to ensure their countries took active part in the 40th anniversary celebrations.
McIntosh told the envoys gathered at the Abuja office of the Nigerian Permanent Representative to ECOWAS, Ambassador Sunday Omogiade that the regional organization and its citizens had every reason to celebrate.
He commended the envoys for coming together to plan the co-hosting of the anniversary event in Abuja and encouraged them to ensure that a similar celebration is replicated at the national level in their countries with the active participation of citizens.
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McIntosh assured that more citizens would be recognized and honoured for their distinguished contributions to the integration of the region.
Former Nigerian Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, his late Togolese counterpart President Gnassingbe Eyadema, as well as renowned Nigerian and Togolese diplomats Professor Adebayo Adediji and Ambassador Edem Kodjo, are principal actors already honoured for their pioneering roles in the formation of ECOWAS in 1975.
ECOWAS, set up under the 28 May, 1975 Treaty of Lagos, has chalked remarkable achievements as a leading Regional Economic Community (REC) in Africa.
The regional economic bloc is the only community in Africa operating a non-visa regime and currently implementing with measured success its Vision 2020 of citizen-oriented regional integration and development.
- CAJ News