Written by on December 17, 2017


President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday charged leaders in the West African sub-region on the need to urgently tackle the challenges of terrorism, human trafficking and drug trafficking in the area.

Speaking in Abuja while delivering welcome address at the 52nd Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government Buhari said, the problems are greatly affecting young men, women and economies of the region.

He also urged the leaders in a joint effort to step up dialogue with European partners in order to overcome the challenges saying that the long term solutions to the challenges is to create conditions of peace and security in the ECOWAS countries and ensure sustainable development of the economies.

He said that the region since 2001 has been steadily developing the culture of democratic practice, including good governance and respect for the Rule of Law appealing to the citizens of Togo to continue to embrace dialogue in efforts to resolve their political differences and urged the government to widen the space for dialogue and mediation.

Reflecting on the recent recession and economic challenges faced by ECOWAS Member States, he said that there is an urgent need to review the spending patterns of all the community institutions, to ensure that dwindling resources are put to good economic use for the optimization of strategic goals of the community.


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