Nigeria Will Keep Faith With ECOWAS Bank – President Buhari

Buhari-Mamma-Ecowas BankPresident Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria will fulfill its obligations to the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID).

The President made the pledged despite the nation’s economic downturn caused largely by fallen prices of oil in the international market.

He said on Monday when he received the President of EBID, Mr Bashir Mamma, at the State House in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital: “We may be limping because of fallen oil prices, but we will fulfill our commitments to the bank.

“We may have fallen behind, but we will live up very soon.

President Buhari shakes hand with Mr Mamma

“We will maintain the objectives of setting up the bank, which is to help our less financially endowed neighbours,” President Buhari said.

On his part, Mr Mamma disclosed that EBID is the financing arm of ECOWAS.

He said the ECOWAS bank has been existing for about 30 years and was initially set up as a fund, “to help less developed West African states, but we now cover all parts of the sub-region”.

The EBID President added that the bank set up Ecobank and has also established an airline, after the national airlines of most member countries collapsed.

Jonathan Assures World Leaders Of Renewed Commitment To MDGs

President Goodluck Jonathan today as part of his visit to the United States addressed the 68th United Nations General Assembly.

Amidst several concerns surrounding peace and security on the African continent raised in his speech, the president says there will be more commitment to millennium development goals by his administration.

“There have been several conflicts with devastating consequences in virtually all regions of the world, as global citizens; we have a sacred duty to free our world of wars, rivalries, ethnic conflicts and religious division.

“Our collective efforts in our drive for a better world will continue to bind us together”.

Realising the need to sustain peace in Nigeria beyond the year 2015, Jonathan says he is committed to building systems that will see that the conflicts and insecurity confronting the nation doesn’t pull it apart.

“Mr. President, Nigeria continues to support the efforts of the United Nations in addressing the global initiatives to combat the menace of the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons

“We have redoubled efforts to address this arduous challenge within our borders and across the West African sub-region. In doing so, we also recognised the need for a God-based global partnership in the on-going battle against trans-border crimes including terrorism and acts of piracy

“It is regrettable that these scourges are sustained by concerted assets by non-state actors to illicit small arms and light weapons with which they foster insecurity and instability across the continent

“For us in Africa, these are the weapons of mass destruction; it is therefore in the light of our collective obligations and unseasoned struggle to end this nightmare that I congratulate member states on the adoption of the arms treaty in April this year

“Our hope is that, upon the entry into force, the arms treaty will herald an era of accountable trade in conventional arms, which is critical to the security of nations”

Edo Immigration Deports 120 Illegal Immigrants

The Edo state command of Nigeria Immigration Service has apprehended over 300 illegal immigrants from Niger, Chad, Mali, Ghana and Guinea during an operation conducted by the command in the state.

Parading the immigrants at the command headquarters in Benin City, Controller of Immigration, Edo state command, Mr David Akwo said that after screening the immigrants,120 of those arrested have been deported.

Mr Akwo advised citizens of West African countries not to misinterpret the ECOWAS protocol on movement of citizens of member states across the region.

He added that for citizens to move freely and gain entry into member states, they have to possess valid travel documents and come in through authorized routes.

The controller also urged residents to ensure proper screening and documentation of those employed by them.