From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to work for its political stability and economic integration.
He stated this when he met with the new President of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr. Omar Touray, and his team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Buhari recalled that when the founding fathers met on May 28, 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 by driving the economic development of the sub-region in an integrated manner.
“Forty-seven years after, this core objective for the formation of ECOWAS remains critically relevant to our national and sub-regional aspirations. Issues of inter-state cooperation and collaboration, harmonisation of policies, integration of programmes, conflict management and security of the sub-region, have continued to necessitate the need for our solidarity and collective responses to our common challenges, such as climate change, terrorism, health issues, good governance and the sustainability of democracy anchored on rule of law and ultimately, development and progress for our citizens,” he said.