By Sam Eyoboka
Â LAGOS-WORRIED by current challenges posed by globalization, academicians in West Africa have been tasked with responsibility of combining forces to develop new strategies to tackle underdevelopment in the region.
Â Addressing a sensitization meeting on ECOWAS Regional Symposium on Development yesterday in Lagos, a former Senegalese university don and chairman of the Scientific Committee on the symposium, Prof. Mustapher Kasse urged the academic community in the region to submit papers on how the region can make progress in the area of development.
Â Speaking to university dons drawn from the University of Lagos, the Lagos State University and the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, NIIA, the chairman said it is only proper that Africans come together as one and find common solution to the problems besetting the region.
Â Prof. Kasse outlined seven key areas where the ECOWAS Commission will seek impute from the researchers just before the ECOWAS regional symposium on development in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso in June this year.
He said the search for impute in Nigeriaâ€™s three universities including University of Lagos, University of Ibadan and the University of Abuja is in recognition of â€œthe prime place of Nigeria in the region and it is aimed at bringing together a reference document that will represent our own collective convictions, in making sure that our region does not just grow, but develops.â€
Â ….As Ibru lauds EU, ECOWAS partnership on economic devt
Â The Economic Partnership Agreement, EPA, being put together by the European Union and the Economic Community of West Africa, ECOWAS, has been described as a laudable step in the history of trading between the two bodies.
This observation was made in Lagos yesterday by the Executive Vice Chairman, Ibru Organisation, Olorogun Oskar Ibru when a six-man delegation from the European Commission visited him in Lagos.
Ibru described EPA as a new trade framework for development that will create wealth for Nigeria farmers and manufacturers. He observed that when the agreements come into effect the country will not be exporting raw products but processed goods that will attaract premium prices.
Â He added that â€œone of the benefits to be enjoyed by Nigerians is that more foreign investors will now choose to invest in the country and this will help accelerate our process of industrialization and development.â€