History was once again made in the capital, Abuja, on Friday, February 17 2012 when ECOWAS leaders met and appointed Ambassador Kadre Desire Ouedraogo of Burkina Faso as the new President of the ECOWAS Commission. Mr. Ouedraogo who was appointed for a four-year non-renewable term replaced His Excellency Ambassador James Victor Gbeho of Ghana who left the post after serving for two years. The swearing-in ceremony took place during the 40th Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS. The summit also elected President Alasane Ouattara of La Cote D’ivoire as the new Chairman of the Authority.
NEW PRESIDENT FOR ECOWAS
ECOWAS IN BRIEF
The Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) is a regional group of fifteen countries, founded in 1975. Its mission is to promote economic integration in "all fields of
economic activity, particularly industry, transport, telecommunications, energy, agriculture, natural resources, commerce, monetary and financial questions, social and cultural matters ....."
GHANA TO HOST 2ND ECOWAS GAMES 2012
Ghana will host the 2nd edition of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Games scheduled for June 2012 where all member counters of the ECOWAS are expected to particpate.
The ECOWAS games will bring together the sporting youth in all West African countries to compete in selected disciplines, including athletics and wrestling. The Minister for Youth and Sports, Mr Clement Kofi Humado, made this known, during the “Meet the Press” series held in Accra yesterday.
1st ECOWAS Games In Review - Athletics Attracts Most Entries
Athletics will be the major attraction at the first Under-23 ECOWAS Games slated for Abuja in September, it has been revealed.So far, 11 of the 12 countries expected at the games have submitted their entries for athletics.
They are Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Niger Republic, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo and Mali.Mr Peter Nelson, the Chairman of the Main Organising Committee (MOC), told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday that athletics competition would hold in the male and female categories.
The games are scheduled for Sept. 2 to Sept. 13 at the Package B of the Abuja National Stadium.
1st ECOWAS Games In Review: Ghana grabs gold at last
Ghana’s male handball side came from behind on serveral occasions to defeat host country Nigeria by 32-30 in the final of the handball competition at the Indoor Sports Complex in Abuja last Friday.
The Ghanaians, despite their numerical disadvantage due to a red card, fought gallantly to overpower the domineering Nigerians.
1st ECOWAS GAME REVIEW: U-23 ECOWAS Games: Nigeria faces Benin in female handball final
Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's female handball team will take on Benin Friday evening in the final of the event at the on-going 1st Under-23 ECOWAS Games in Abuja.
The Nigerian team finished top of the group in the round-robin competition, hold ing at the Indoor Sports hall of the Abuja National Stadium.
The team won all four matches in the five-team group, with Benin coming second w ith three wins in four matches, losing only to Nigeria.
The Nigerian side had begun the competition by beating Niger Republic 40-10 and Burkina Faso 31-11.