ECOWAS Chairperson Ellen Johnson Sirleaf with her colleagues at the 50th Assembly of Heads of State and Government in Abuja.
ECOWAS Leaders Hold 50th Ordinary Session In Abuja
MONROVIA, December 17(LINA) - The 50th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government opened Saturday in Abuja, Nigeria with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as Chair of ECOWAS presiding.
According to a dispatch from Abuja, Nigeria, items high on the agenda include discussions on the political situation in The Gambia and Guinea Bissau.
Also, the Heads of State and Government will discuss the 2016 Annual Report of the Presentation of the ECOWAS Commission, Report of the 77th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers, and the Report of the 37th Session of the Mediation and Security Council.
They will also decide on the date and venue of the 51st Ordinary Session of the Authority, sign the Community Acts and Decisions as well as discuss the ECOWAS Strategy for elections to African position.
At the opening ceremony, the President Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari welcomed his colleagues to Abuja and wished them a successful deliberation.
Also speaking, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Marcel A. de Souza; the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa and Sahel, Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, called for concerted efforts to address the problems facing the sub-region.
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, also addressed the opening session.