President Goodluck Jonathan will leave Abuja on Wednesday for Accra to participate in the Summit of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government scheduled to open in the Ghanaian capital on Thursday.
The Nigerian President and other Heads of State and Government attending the two-day summit are expected to consider and adopt the 2014 Interim Report of the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Mr Kadre Desire Ouedraogo.
They will also deliberate on the report of the 72nd Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers as well as the report of the 32nd Session of the regional body’s Mediation and Security Council.
Security challenges in some West African countries and how to tackle them are issues expected to top discussions.
For over four years, the Nigerian Armed Forces have been trying to contain insurgency in the northeast. A terrorist group, Boko Haram, has carried out series of attacks on villages, churches and schools in the region.
In neighbouring Cameroon and Niger Republic, members of the terrorist group have also attacked villages. Nigeria and the neighbouring countries are considering review of some treaties that could birth the collaboration of both countries’ military forces in the fight against the insurgents.
President Jonathan will be accompanied to the Summit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Wali, the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga.
The Nigerian delegates will return to Nigeria at the conclusion of the summit on Friday.