By Victoria Ojeme
ABUJA: The Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has called on ECOWAS member states to fully implement the union’s protocol on free movement of persons and goods.
Speaking at the opening of a two day retreat of the ECOWAS Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) jointly organised by the ECOWAS Commission and the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to ECOWAS, the Foreign Affairs Minister decried the lack of full implementation of ECOWAS Protocols “which are aimed at fast tracking economic integration and development in the sub region.”
He urged the Ambassadors to do more in convincing their respective governments to ratify some of the key pending protocols and agreements as well as domesticating them.
According to Onyema, “Nigeria under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari as ECOWAS Chairman will continue to work closely with the management of all ECOWAS institutions towards the realisation of common aspirations and goals.”
The Minister also commended the Chairman of the Permanent Representatives Committee – Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the ECOWAS Commission Ambassador Babatunde Nurudeeen for taking the initiative of bringing together the Permanent Representatives of accredited member States.
The two-day retreat is on the theme: “The Permanent Representatives Committee as a Catalyst for Implementing the Development, Regional Integration and Post Vision 2020 Programmes of ECOWAS.”