- Experts have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take his anti-corruption effort to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
- They advised President Buhari to improve Nigeria’s infrastructure
- An economist, Olanrewaju Olaniyan, director of the Centre for Sustainable Development in University of Ibadan also urged the president tackle insecurity in the country
Experts on Wednesday, August 8, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to take his anti-corruption effort across the African continent to sensitise the member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on the evil effects of corruption on societies.
An economist, Olanrewaju Olaniyan, director of the centre for sustainable development in University of Ibadan (UI), and David Olojede, a council member of Ibadan chamber of commerce and industry, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Olaniyan, however, said among the things on the front burner for President Buhari to tackle in the ECOWAS are the issues of corruption and accountability at the organisations' secretariat and members States.
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According to him, “Another thing that he should tackle is that of free movement of persons especially as it concerns the movement of herdsmen and their cattle; so as to check the insecurity challenge in Nigeria; though, there is a protocol in ECOWAS that allows herdsmen to move from Senegal across Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana to Nigeria.
“The common economic tariff is 20 per cent then we added the adjusted economic tariff which is 50 per cent meaning there is 70 per cent tariff on any goods in Nigeria.
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“This implies the goods will be expensive in Nigeria and it will encourage smuggling, as people don’t want to pay 70 per cent tariff on goods in Nigeria.”
They, however, urged President Buhari to improve on Nigeria’s infrastructure and provide required leadership in ECOWAS so that members clamouring for Morocco to join the community can believe in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that President Buhari emerged the chairman of the Economic Community of West African States.
He was elected at the 53rd ordinary session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government in Lome, Togo.
The president's personal assistant on new media, Bashir Ahmad, disclosed this in a message posted on his Twitter handle, @BashirAhmaad.
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