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Saturday, 28 July 2018

PRESIDENT BUHARI TO ATTEND JOINT ECOWAS/ECCAS SUMMIT IN TOGO


President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja for Lome, the Republic of Togo on Sunday where he will be participating in a Joint ECOWAS/ECCAS Summit.
On arrival, the President will have an interactive session at the Nigerian embassy with the Nigerian community-based in Togo after which he will attend the summit on Monday.
According to a statement signed on Saturday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the summit will deliberate on common security threats to countries in West Africa and members of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), with a view to forging concerted strategies in tackling the menace of terrorism, trans-border crimes and other forms of violent extremism.
The President had pledged his support for the proposed ECOWAS/ECCAS Summit when he received the current Chair of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, President Faure Gnassingbe of Togo on June 29, 2018 in Katsina.
According to him, “terrorism now transcends international boundaries, and no country can combat the scourge alone.”
While in Lome, the Nigerian delegation will also participate in a meeting on a Single Currency for ECOWAS with the deadline of 2020.
On Tuesday, President Buhari will join other leaders of the sub-region for the 53rd Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government.
This session will be dominated by the political and security situations in Guinea Bissau, Mali and Togo; institutional reforms of the ECOWAS Commission to enhance its effectiveness; illegal migration of Africans to Europe; and the worrisome violent clashes between herders and farmers, among other issues.
At the end of the session, a new Chair of the ECOWAS Authority is expected to take over from the incumbent and host.
President Buhari will be accompanied by Governors Ben Ayade and Abubakar Bello of Cross River and Niger States respectively.
Others are Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali; Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun; Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazau; and the Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah.
The National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno; the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin; the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Abubakar; and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, are also in the President’s delegation.

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