Obasanjo tasks ECOWAS on economic in­te­gra­tion

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From Abubakar Haruna, Minna

For­mer Pres­i­dent Oluse­gun Obasanjo yes­ter­day tasked the new Pres­i­dent of the ECOWAS Com­mis­sion, Mar­cel A. de-Souza, to en­sure economic in­te­gra­tion among the mem­ber coun­tries, lament­ing that 41 years after its cre­ation, the re­gion has not moved fast enough.

Obasanjo, who re­ceived de-Souza at his res­i­dence in Abeokuta, at­trib­uted the de­vel­op­ment to lack of po­lit­i­cal will to move the re­gion faster than it is.

“We have not moved as fast and as far as the ex­pec­ta­tion 41 years ago had been, but as you have rightly said, there has been is­sues that have come up that were un­ex­pected,” Obasanjo said.

He said in­ter­nal con­flicts had been in­ju­ri­ous to ECOWAS, ex­plain­ing, “We never ex­pected that in­ter­nal con­flicts will en­gage the at­ten­tion of ECOWAS as much as it has en­gaged our at­ten­tion in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Mali, Guinea-Bissau, in Côte d’Ivoire, just to men­tion a few.”

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