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COVID-19: ECOWAS Calls For Debt Cancellation For African Countries

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has just reportedly called for a total debts cancellation for all African countries in order for the continent to be able to survive the effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

This was one of the problems that ruled the extraordinary summit of the Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, which reportedly held through teleconference and was monitored from the State House in Abuja on Thursday 23rd April.

President Muhammadu Buhari had also participated in this summit, which was conducted by the regional leaders to deliberate on the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Chairman of ECOWAS and President of Niger Republic, Alhaji Mahamadou Issoufou, had raised an alarm over the overwhelming effects of the terminal virus on human and the economy of member states.

He therefore, has called for a collaborative effort from other member states to fight the pandemic, which he also noted has claimed the lives of many in the region and beyond.
The Nigerien president, speaking in French language, raised the support for total debts termination for all African countries.

The President of ECOWAS, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou had earlier in announced a donation of financial aid and equipment to its member states in support of the fight against the pandemic.

The president, however reaffirmed the commission’s solidarity to member states as they battle to stop the COVID-19 plague.

Also at the event, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for West Africa and the Sahel (SRSG), Mr Mohamed Ibn Chambas, also repeated the determination of the UN to continue in partnership with the African Union, ECOWAS against the deadly pandemic.

He also supported the president of Nigeria in his call for debt termination for African countries as part of palliatives to help mitigate the after effects of the virus on their economy.

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