Leadership (Abuja)

23 July 2012

West Africa: Ecowas Seeks Tukur's Support to Achieve Peace in Africa

ECOWAS President Amb. Kadre Quedraogo on Monday called on the National Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Bamang Tukur to support the body to achieve peace in Africa.

He made the call in Abuja when Tukur, who is also the Chairman, African Business Round Table paid him a courtesy call.

The ECOWAS boss also called on him to support the organisation to ensure the integration of the people within the West African the sub-region to realise its objectives of ensuring peace and stability in West Africa.

"We agreed to work hand in hand to bring about a peaceful and stable region so that our people can go about their businesses.

"We need to have free movement of goods and persons within our region and we will also need to count on his support to attain the objectives of ECOWAS in that area," Quedraogo said.

He thanked Tukur for ensuring the development of Africa and the sub-region, more so as the Chairman African Business Round Table and the focal point of New Partnerships for Africa's Development (NEPAD).

He added that the commission would utilise the six million euro earmarked for West African region by the EU to develop projects that would positively affect the lives of the people.

The ECOWAS president said that only five per cent of the money was used in the past year.

He said that the commission would utilise the rest of the money on infrastructure, agriculture and social development.

"I am very happy that we have come to an agreement with the EU on the development of those projects," Quedraogo said.

Tukur in his earlier remark, said that as chairman of the biggest political party in Africa, it became important for him to familiarise himself with the ECOWAS President.

He said that this was necessary for the two parties to discuss issues such as peace, security and development as they affect the people of the continent.

Speaking on the outcome of the just concluded Edo Governorship election, Tukur said that it was an example of true and deepened democracy where the people were allowed to make their choices.

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