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ECOWAS Court president lists impediments, seeks govts’ support

PRESIDENT BUHARI RECEIVES ECOWAS PRESIDENT 0A. President Muhammadu Buhari receives ECOWAS President Kare Desire Ouedraogo left at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. PHOTO; OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT JUNE 25 2015.

PRESIDENT BUHARI RECEIVES ECOWAS PRESIDENT 0A. President Muhammadu Buhari receives ECOWAS President Kare Desire Ouedraogo left at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. PHOTO; OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT JUNE 25 2015.

The President of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, Justice Maria Do Ceu Silva Montero, has listed challenges facing the court among the 15 member states in the sub-region.

Montero spoke in Owerri last Monday during the opening session of the five-day seventh judicial retreat with the theme: ‘The Procedure and practice before the court: Which improvements after a decade of the existence of the court?’

He listed the challenges to include the new socio-cultural context of West Africa; training and recruitment of human resources; challenges resulting from the means to secure access to justice among others.

While pledging the commitment of the court’s college of judges with the support of the employees of the community and other members of her team in handling the challenges, she urged governments of the affected 15 countries in West African States to support the institution in handling the adjudication of cases of human rights violation. She lamented limited resources militating against the court, adding that the court has moved its sitting to some member countries as required.

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