ECOWAS postpones landmark celebrations

By Sanna Camara


Amidst controversies created by the new initiative by the regional body to institute a two-term mandate for presidents of member states, ECOWAS has decided to postpone its forty year anniversary celebration events slated for this month.

According to reports, “The official celebration of the ECOWAS 40th Anniversary, originally scheduled for 28th May 2015 in Abuja, Nigeria, has been postponed.”

A new date will be announced after the 47th Ordinary Session of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, which will take place on 19th May 2015 in Accra, Ghana, reports added.

No official reason has been advanced for the postponement. However, observers attributed the postponement of celebrations to “more important matters that require the urgent attention of the regional body.”

The ECOWAS leadership decision to institute term limit for presidents of member states has attracted overwhelming reactions from some quarters.

While some see it as “a great initiative” on the side of a new generation of democratically-elected and practicing cohort of leaders, there are still others who see this as a sabotage to their development plans for their countries, an analyst told Gambia Beat.

Either way, the 47th Ordinary Session of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government to be held on the 19th of this month in Accra, Ghana, will be historic and decisive in shaping a crucial future for the ECOWAS of the people dream.


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