ECOWAS court seeks implementation of decisions

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Abuja – Maria Monteiro, the President of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, has urged ministers responsible for regional integration in West Africa to assist the court in implementing its decisions.

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A statement issued on Monday in Abuja by the court’s Head of Communication, Sunny Ugoh, quoted Monteiro as making the appeal at the ECOWAS Council of Ministers meeting in Ghana.

It stated that the implementation of the court’s decision would be achieved by facilitating the creation of focal points in ECOWAS member states.

“Enforcement is the major challenge because most of the member states have not designated their focal points for the enforcement of the decisions of the court.

“Member states are responsible for enforcement of the decisions of the court in accordance with their rules of civil procedure,’’ she said.

According to the statement, each state is required to determine and communicate to the court the competent national authority.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”70560″]

“This would be for the purpose of receipt and processing of the execution of the decisions of the court,’’ it said.

It said only Nigeria had communicated its national focal point as required under the 2005 supplementary protocol.

Monteiro, according to the statement, also said 16 decisions were delivered by the 14-year-old court in the last five months comprising of 12 judgments and four rulings. (NAN)


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