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President Buhari in Niger Republic for ECOWAS summit, scheduled to present his special report on COVID-19 to regional leaders

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MON, SEPT 7 2020-theG&BJournal- President Muhammadu Buhari is today attending the Fifty-Seven Ordinary Session of ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government in Niamey, Niger Republic, a one-day Session that will focus on a Special Report on COVID-19 pandemic to be presented by the President who was on April 23, 2020 appointed to coordinate the ECOWAS regional response against the pandemic.

The ECOWAS leaders will also deliberate on a report on the thorny Single Currency Programme. The report on the programme will be presented by Julius Maada Bio, President of Sierra Leone and Chair of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ) and President Allassane Ouattara, who is Chair of the West African Economic Monetary Union (WAEMU/UEMOA).

The President of ECOWAS Commission, Jean Claude- Kassi Brou will equally be presenting to the West African leaders, the 2020 Interim Report on activities of the sub-regional body including ECOWAS Vision 2050.

The rise in incidents of terrorism, insurgency, armed banditry and piracy will also come under focus, while the disruption of the democratic by the military in Mali, will be discussed.

Similarly, in Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea and Niger where parliamentary and presidential elections are scheduled for this year, the imperative to strengthen democracy in the sub-region by respecting constitutional provisions, rule of law and outcomes of free and fair polls, will be emphasized.

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