The Presidency has announced that President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Nigeria on Monday to attend the Fifty-Seventh Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government in Niger Republic.

This was made known in a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Garba Shehu on Sunday.

He said the President will leave Abuja on Monday for Niamey, Niger Republic where he is to participate in the ECOWAS summit.

The one-day summit, according to Shehu, was to deliberate on the Special Report on COVID-19 to be presented by President Buhari who is the ECOWAS Champion on the Fight against COVID-19.

The summit is also expected to receive a Special Report on the ECOWAS Single Currency Programme to be presented by President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone and President Alassane Ouattara of Ivory Coast.

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According to the statement, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean Claude Kassi Brou will present to the 2020 Interim Report on activities of the sub-regional body including ECOWAS Vision 2050.

Other issues to be addressed during the meeting include the alarming rise in incidents of terrorism, insurgency, armed banditry and piracy, as well as the disruption of the democratic process by the military in Mali.

The statement read in part: “As a Champion, the Nigerian leader was expected to coordinate the sub-regional response against the pandemic.”

“In furtherance of that objective, under the supervision of the Champion, Nigerian Ministers of Health, Aviation and Finance were appointed Chairpersons of the Ministerial Coordination Committees on Health; Transport, Logistics and Trade; and Finance respectively,” it added.

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