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ECOWAS 40th anniversary celebration deferred

14 May 2015, 09:00Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has not provided reasons for the postponement of its official 40th anniversary celebrations initially scheduled for Abuja on May 28.

A statement CAJ News obtained from the regional bloc indicated a new date would be announced next week after a meeting in Ghana.

"The official celebration of the ECOWAS 40th Anniversary, originally scheduled for 28th May 2015 in Abuja, Nigeria, has been postponed. A new date will be announced after the 47th Ordinary Session of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, which will take place on 19th May 2015 in Accra, Ghana" the statement read.

The Commission Vice President, Dr Toga McIntosh, had earlier urged Ambassadors and High Commissioners of Member States to ensure their countries took active part in the 40th anniversary celebrations.

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He said the regional organization and its citizens had every reason to celebrate.

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 is currently implementing with measured success its Vision 2020 of citizen-oriented regional integration and development.

The member countries of ECOWAS are Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and Cape Verde. 

- CAJ News

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