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ECOWAS welcomes greater support from the EU in the fight against poverty
Mr. Piotr ZYCH (Z), EU, left, and H.E. Marcel de SOUZA, right, when he paid a courtesy call on the President of ECOWAS Commission in Abuja, 8 May 2017.

Abuja 8th May 2016. The ECOWAS Commission welcomes greater support from the European Union (EU) in the fight against poverty as a potent means of curbing the destabilization of the region by terrorists’ and insurgency activities.

This disclosure was made by the President of the ECOWAS Commission Mr. Marcel de Souza while playing hosts to a delegation of European Court of Auditors on the 8th of May 2017 in Abuja.

While expressing appreciation to the EU for its human development support over the years, president de Souza said that since terrorists usually get new recruits from the growing pool of youth who are unemployed, it has become necessary to reach out to partners to halt the easy access to cheap human material tools.

He noted in this regard that there is now a need for dialogue between Africa and Europe on how to create jobs for the youths.

The president told the visitors that in order to measure its progress, the ECOWAS Commission regularly carries out assessment of programmes and projects with the instrumentality of its strategic allocation committee meetings and political dialogues.

He stressed that despite the problem posed by terrorism, ECOWAS is sustaining democratic culture in the region by strengthening the peace and security architecture that is designed to address the challenges.

Group photograph: Mr. Piotr ZYCH (Z), EU and H.E. Marcel de SOUZA, flanked by the European Union Delegation to the left and ECOWAS Commission Delegation to the right, when the EU Auditors Team paid a courtesy call on the President of ECOWAS Commission in Abuja, 8 May 2017.

President de Souza gave a rundown its intervention efforts as well as situation reports in some states of the region which included The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali and Nigeria.

The stressed the need to implement the Conakry agreement in Guinea as a necessary requirement for peace to pave way for and the commencement of the reform process in that country.

He lauded the joint efforts of Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal in the successful restoration of democracy in The Gambia. The President said the financial assistance given by ECOWAS in aid of the north east of Nigeria, was meant to cushion the effects of Boko Haram in terms of shelter and other nutritional needs of the displaced.

The leader of the EU Court of Auditors Mr. Piotr Zych had briefed the President, of the delegation’s mission noting that the body deals with all expenses and accounts of the EU that relates with external actions which also includes financial and performance audit.

Accompanied by the body’s financial and compliance chief, Ms Alina Milasiute and other officials, Mr. Zych said the team was looking at the needs while assessing the EU’s contributions to the African Union (AU) Peace and security architecture to determine whether programmes were covered, are duly implemented and have results.

President de Souza was flanked by the ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security Mrs Halima Ahmed and her counterpart for General Administration and Conference Stephen Anyemi Nartey, Directors and other senior officials

The European court of Auditors will prepare a Report on its assessments of the EU support programmes Africa in 2018 and submit same to the European Parliament.

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