This Day (Lagos)

West Africa: AU May Endorse ECOWAS Stance On Mali

The Security Council of the African Union (AU) would meet in Addis Ababa today to take a decision on whether to endorse the decision of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to send troops to dislodge terrorists and transnational crime networks in Mali.

If the body endorses the decision of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government (HOSG), it means other African countries outside the sub-region would be required to contribute troops to the 3000 man contingent that would be deployed to Mali.

ECOWAS Director of Communications, Mr. Sunny Ugoh, told THISDAY in a telephone conversation, yesterday that all blocs involved in taking decisions on Mali were clamouring to hold crucial meeting, compile their recommendations and submissions to meet the 45 day deadline for submission of reports of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

The UN deadline expires on December 15. The UNSC has to give the final nod for the deployment of troops to Mali.

Meanwhile, the German Embassy in Abuja under the German-Nigerian Energy Partnership Agreement has entered into collaboration with the Katsina State Government to construct a solar plant to provide 30 megawatts of electricity.

A statement issued by the embassy in Abuja yesterday, disclosed that the construction which would start in 2013 would be executed by a German firm and is expected to boost the economic development of the State.

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