Obasanjo tasks ECOWAS on economic integration
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.”