25 February 2013

West Africa: ECOWAS Free Movement Protocol Launched in Nimba

Officials of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) free movement protocol on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 officially launched the ECOWAS Free Movement Protocol in Liberia's commercial city of Ganta.

The occasion was attended by students of the Bain-Garr School System in Ganta along with some officials of the Liberia National Police as they marched through the principal streets before proceeding with an indoor program at the United Methodist School Campus.

Speaking during the program, the ECOWAS Free Movement Protocol team leader, Mr. Otis D. Wesseh said they were in Nimba to sensitize citizens on relevant issues surrounding free movement in the sub-region.

Mr. Wesseh explained to the citizens the plan and mandate of the free movement directorate and the revised treaty of 1993.

He also explained that there should be free movement of persons, rights of residence within the West Africa sub-region, noting that there are plans to create borderless ECOWAS States.

He explained in detail about the ECOWAS' common approach on migration, the implementation and status, as well as achievements made thus far.

The ECOWAS Treaty Article 2, paragraph 2, and article 27, speaks on free movement of persons, right of residence and establishments.

The program was attended by thousands of youths, elders, some officials of the Liberia Marketing Association (LMA) and members of the joint security.

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