NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA Foreign Anything that affects Niger Rep. concerns ECOWAS—President

Anything that affects Niger Rep. concerns ECOWAS—President

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By Maureen Okon

The President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Mr Omar Touray, has said that the situation in the Republic of Niger is of concern to the bloc.

The president said this on the sidelines of the ongoing 2023 second Ordinary Session, and when he visited the ECOWAS Parliament to deliver the Community State Report for 2023 in Abuja on Friday.

He said that ECOWAS Heads of States are very clearly against unconstitutional change of government in the Republic of Niger.

Touray said that ECOWAS would ensure that the provisions of the protocol are put in place as long as it is concerned.

“Niger remains a member of the ECOWAS Community and anything that affects the people of Niger is of concern to ECOWAS and to ECOWAS leaders.

“So, whatever measure that has been taken by ECOWAS that is affecting the population in Niger affects us as well,’’ he said.

Touray said that the ECOWAS single currency has been a major objective of the community, and it required political will as well as certain economic fundamentals.

“Inflation is one of them and we need to work on inflation and we need to work with the public debt to be able to make some of those conversion criteria.

“That is required for a single currency. Now inflation is a global reality and I think all the ministers of the finance of the community will tell you that inflation is a major concern.

“Am sure all the financial authorities are concerned about it and they are doing something about it, but it is a reality that is not unique to our region.

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“If you travel around you will realise that inflation is certainly a problem in the ECOWAS region and elsewhere,’’ he said. (NAN)(

Edited by Joseph Edeh

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