The permanent mission of Nigeria to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) last week commissioned a new chancellery building.
The Mission is one of 110 Nigerian Diplomatic Missions and was established pursuant to the provisions of the ECOWAS Supplementary Act 2010 which obliges all Member States to accredit a Permanent Representative.
Musa Nuhu, Nigeria’s permanent ambassador to ECOWAS, said the mission is unique in that it is located in Nigeria and not abroad and serves as a liaison between Nigeria and ECOWAS.
He described the acquisition of the building as a big step compared to leasing a building, which is common in most Nigerian missions abroad.
According to Mr. Nuhu, “given Nigeria’s leading role in the sub-region, the Mission is seen as critical to articulating and advancing Nigerian positions and engagement with other West African Member States and community institutions.”
was present Foreign Minister of Nigeria Geoffery OnyeamaECOWAS Commission Chairman Alieu Touray, ECOWAS Commissioner for Human Development and Social Affairs Satou Sarr and other members of the ECOWAS diplomatic community.
About the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to ECOWAS
The Permanent Mission of Nigeria to ECOWAS was established with the approval of former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2012.
Since its inception, the mission has been headed by three substantive ambassadors, namely Sunday Omoigiade, the pioneer Permanent Representative, Babatunde Nurudeen, the immediate past Permanent Representative, and Musa Nuhu, the incumbent Permanent Representative.
The mission serves as a think tank, making recommendations to the Nigerian government, which invariably shapes ECOWAS policies.
It performs various functions including representing Nigeria at ECOWAS events and forums and providing technical support for Nigeria’s participation in all ECOWAS conferences and meetings.
The mission also facilitates the implementation of ECOWAS protocols and programs in Nigeria and coordinates the articulation of Nigeria’s position on ECOWAS activities and Nigeria’s participation in ECOWAS statutory meetings.
Other functions include ensuring that Nigerian companies conducting business under ECOWAS schemes and mechanisms in the sub-region are protected; assist Nigerians seeking access to ECOWAS, including Nigerian consultancy firms/academia/institutions, among others.
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