– President Muhammadu Buhari held closed-door meeting with the president of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Jean Claude Brou
– Brou thanked President Buhari for the support that he has continued to give ECOWAS
– President Buhari stressed the full commitment of Nigeria towards finding lasting solution to the problems with other ECOWAS member countries
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, March 2, received the president of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Jeane Cloude Brou at the presidential villa in Abuja.
The president in a statement by his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu said ECOWAS should be run as a leaner and smarter organisation by cutting costs and becoming more efficient to achieve the objectives of the sub-regional body.
Read the statement below:
“President Muhammadu Buhari said Friday that the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, must run a leaner and smarter organisation by cutting costs and becoming more efficient to achieve the objectives of the sub-regional body.
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Speaking while receiving the new president of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean Claude Brou at the State House, Abuja, the President also called on the member states of the organisation to pay their annual contributions as and when due.
President Buhari said a lot of work had already been done towards cutting running cost for which a committee had recommended the reduction of the number of commissioners, and a drastic reduction in the cost of keeping them in office.
“We must work towards limiting costs, keeping the number of statutory positions low and running the organisation more efficiently,” he said.
The Nigerian leader, while welcoming the new President of the ECOWAS Commission to Abuja, pledged the full support of the government of Nigeria in ensuring that his tenure was successful.
According to President Buhari, “The task is enormous. The job is not easy, given the many challenges facing the sub-region, ranging from issues of security and that posed by the environment, including the shrinkage of the Lake Chad.”
He however, stressed the full commitment of Nigeria working with other ECOWAS member countries, towards finding lasting solution to the problems.
In his remarks, Mr Brou, said he had come to inform President Buhari that he had assumed office at the ECOWAS Secretariat in Abuja from this week, and fully prepared to address priority issues such as the common currency, restructuring of the organisation and the pending issue of new memberships.
He also presented a special message from the Ivorian President, Alassane Ouattara to President Buhari and condoled him on the recent deaths of his family members.”
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In a previous report by NAIJ.com, President Muhammadu Buhari again on Friday, March 2, took a swipe at his predecessors, saying trucks conveying fertilizers disappeared “miraculously” in transit under previous governments.
Buhari made this known while granting audience to members of the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative (PFI) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The president expressed delight that contrary to what happened under previous governments, none of the 3,333 trucks that participated in the fertilizer programme of his administration in 2017 got missing.
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