The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Thursday, received at State House, Abuja, the new President of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr Omar Alieu Touray, and his management team, telling them the kind of sub-regional body West African leaders desire, and must have.
This was contained in a statement on Thursday signed by Buhari spokesperson, Femi Adesina, and titled, ‘The ECOWAS we desire, and must have, by President Buhari’.
“I wish you success in your assignments, which we hope can collectively drive our sub-region to one that is economically integrated, politically stable, and socially in harmony with itself, to the admiration of our continent, and, indeed, global community.
“That is the ECOWAS we desire, and must have. You cannot afford to disappoint us,” Buhari told the ECOWAS delegation.
The President said as the host of the ECOWAS Commission, Nigeria expects that the scrupulous processes that led to the new appointments “would impact on the fortunes of our Organisation in terms of efficient and effective service delivery that bears positive impact on the lives of our citizens.”
He added that when the founding fathers met on 28th May, 1975, to establish ECOWAS, what was uppermost on their minds was the promotion of economic cooperation between the member-States in order to raise the living standards of citizens hence driving the economic development of the sub-region in an integrated manner.