In the spirit of the regional integration of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), particularly the common market in West Africa, Kwara State is building infrastructure to support the links with the Republic of Benin.
Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq said so yesterday in a message during the opening ceremony of a week-long sensitization campaign of the ECOWAS Court of Justice in Ilorin, the state capital.
In the message delivered by his Deputy, Kayode Alabi, the Governor said that with an area of more than five million square kilometers and an estimated population of 418 million, it is imperative that the court continues to play an important role in the consolidation of the legal regime for the development of the region through its jurisdictional mandate in the settlement of disputes.
“One example is the international market we are building in Gbugbu, which will attract people from across Nigeria and West Africa. This is particularly important as the concept of a single market and free trade continues to gain momentum. ground throughout the sub-region, Africa, which makes it necessary to involve the judicial system in socio-political developments,” the governor said.
He pledged his government’s support for the campaign and commended the Court for the initiative to organize the campaign to raise awareness of its activities.
According to him, this will have a positive impact on the rule of law in West Africa.
The president of the court, Justice Edward Asante, explained the campaign as an annual activity of the court in member states aimed at increasing citizens’ knowledge of the court and how to access it.
“The essence of outreach is to make the Court known; its mandate, jurisdiction, jurisprudence, practice and procedure among ECOWAS citizens in the 15 Member States,” the President said in the speech delivered by Justice Dupe Atoki.
Earlier, State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Salman Jawondo, who is a member of the country’s domestic bar, spoke of the benefits of the campaign for legal practitioners and citizens, especially with the passage of the Court Protocol 2005, which grants individuals access to the court in cases relating to human rights violations.