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Boko Haram terror tops ECOWAS meeting agenda

17 June 2014, 17:16

Abuja - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) confirmed Ghana will later this week host the 72nd ordinary session of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers.

The two-day event will start on Thursday, the regional body confirmed from Abuja.

"The meeting will among others consider and endorse the Report of the Ministers in charge of security and integration as well as the Memorandum on the ECOWAS Declaration on the Events in Northern Nigeria in the wake of repeated Boko Haram terrorist attacks that have claimed hundreds of lives and kidnappings, including more than 200 school girls," read an ECOWAS statement.

It added that other items on the agenda of this Council's first session to be held in Accra since Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama assumed the chairmanship of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government last March, also include swearing in of new Commissioners and Financial Controller who assumed duties in February and the presentation
and consideration of the 2014 Interim Report of the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadré Desire Ouédraogo.

The statement said the council would also endorse Report of the Meeting of Ministers in charge of the ECOWAS Community Development Programme (CDP); consider the Report on Institutional Reforms, Financial Controller's 2013 Final Report; Status of Tasks Assigned by the 71st
Ordinary Session of the Council of Ministers, and the Draft Agenda of the 45th Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government.

The Council of Ministers meets at least twice a year in ordinary session and makes recommendations to the Authority on Community development as well as coordination and harmonization of economic integration policies.

- CAJ News


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