Tinubu to attend ECOWAS summit in Guinea Bissau



President Bola Tinubu will depart Abuja on Saturday to attend the 63rd ordinary session of the authority of heads of state and government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), in Bissau, capital of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau.


Dele Alake, Tinubu’s special adviser on special duties, communications and strategy, announced the development in a statement on Friday.


The summit is Tinubu’s first ECOWAS official trip since he assumed office as Nigeria’s president on May 29.


According to the statement, the summit, which will take place on Sunday, is expected to address memoranda on pressing sub-regional issues, including; a report of the 50th ordinary session of the mediation and security council (MSC) covering security challenges faced by the member countries; report of the 90th ordinary session of ECOWAS council of ministers on the financial situation of the body and the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), as well as report on the status of transition in the Republics of Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea.


Other items slated for discussion include; memoranda on the ECOWAS single currency programme and the report on obstacles to the free movement of goods on the Abidjan-Lagos corridor, the statement added.


Tinubu will be accompanied by some members of the presidential policy advisory council and other top government officials.


The president is expected back in the country at the end of the meeting.

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