By Raphael Oni
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) commemorates its 46th Anniversary today, May 28, 2021. Forty-Six years ago in Lagos, Nigeria, the leaders of West Africa signed the Lagos Treaty establishing ECOWAS with the aim of integrating the region economically to better the lives of its peoples.
In a press release from the Information & Communication Directorate of Communication of ECOWAS Commission made available to pressmen in Abuja, His Excellency Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, the President of the ECOWAS Commission has reiterated the commitment of the ECOWAS Commission to support the Heads of State in the development of a prosperous Region, thereby improving the livelihood of the people of West Africa.
The theme of this year’s ECOWAS Day Celebration is “Prosperity Beyond the Pandemic” which reflects the collective interventions made by ECOWAS Leaders in combating the Covid-19 pandemic in the Region, thereby setting the Community on the path of economic recovery.
The dreams of the founding fathers which was a Community to promote co-operation and integration, leading to the establishment of an economic union in West Africa in order to raise the living standards of its peoples, and to maintain and enhance economic stability, foster relations-among Member States and contribute to the progress and development of the African Continent, has been upheld over the years by successive West African Leaders, despite some challenges.
Having been faced with the challenges of Covid-19 over the past one year, the Region is on the path of economic recovery, after efforts made by the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government to contain the virus and get the Region out of economic crisis caused by the pandemic. ECOWAS through the West African Health Organisation (WAHO) has carried several interventions to assist Member States contain and recover from the effects of the pandemic.