ECOWAS President urges enforcement of regional court rulings

The Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana, urged member states to take measures to enforce decisions of the Community Court of Justice based in Abuja. for a stronger integration of the region.

According to a statement released yesterday by the Communications Officer of the ECOWAS Court, Ovadje Elahor, the President said this during the opening of the Court’s 11th external session in Accra on Monday, emphasizing that the Court’s best efforts to fulfill its mandate was limited by the low rate of application which stands at 30%.

“Unless Member States comply with the judgments of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, it will be difficult to build public confidence in the Court (and) I call on all Member States to ensure that that they fulfill their obligations under the Treaty by serving and obeying the judgments of the Court,” the President said during the ceremony.

In this regard, he urged the nine Member States which have not yet done so to designate their national authorities competent for the execution of the judgments of the Court to do so without further delay, in accordance with Article 24 (4) of the 2005 Additional Protocol on the tribunal.

The provision obliges Member States to “determine the competent national authority for the purpose of receiving and processing enforcement and to inform the Court thereof”.

The President also referred to the requirement that claimants may approach the Court without exhausting local remedies contrary to the practice of international tribunals, urging the Court to bring its practice and procedures into line with the generally accepted rules of international tribunals. in order to avoid any potential conflict with national jurisdictions. courts and governments.

Elna M. Lemons