There has been a change of management at the ECOWAS Commission as the tenure of the management led by Jean-Claude Kassi Brou came to an end after four years.
Brou handed over to a new management led by Dr. Omar Alieu Touray from The Gambia.
Touray’s tenure started on Wednesday July 13, 2022 and will now operate from the ECOWAS Commission Headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria.
Other statutory appointees heading ECOWAS Institutions have also assumed office effectively.
The new statutory appointees were named at the 61st Ordinary Session of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government in Ghana’s capital Accra on July 3, 2022.
They will serve for a period of four years.
ECOWAS has now abandoned the previous Fifteen-man Commission to a seven-man Commission under the new management.
Other statutory management appointees inaugurated include Damtien L. Tchintchibidja, Vice-President of the ECOWAS Commission, Prof. Nazifi Abdullahi Darma, Commissioner for Internal Services, Dr. Abdel-Fatau Musah, Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace, and Security, Mme Massandjé Toure-Litse, Commissioner for Economic Affairs and Agriculture, Mr. Sédiko Douka, Commissioner for Infrastructure, Energy and Digitalisation and João Alage Mamadu Fadiá, Auditor-General.
At an event held at the Main Auditorium of the ECOWAS Commission Headquarters, Dr. Omar Alieu Touray expressed his appreciation to the President and the Government of the Republic of The Gambia for proposing his candidature and the Heads of State and Government of the Community for the unanimous endorsement and confirmation of his appointment.
He also thanked the former President of the Commission, Dr. Jean-Claude Kassi Brou and his team for their stewardship over the past four and a half years.
While enumerating the numerous security and economic challenges occasioned by the COVID-19, he promised to tackle these challenges head-on and deliver on his mandate.
He enjoined Member states to ensure full payment of their community levies and the full implementation of ECOWAS protocols.
Guinea Bissau President Umaro Embalo has assumed the position of ECOWAS Chairman for the next one year.
He was elected at the Accra Summit to succeed Ghana’s Nana Akufo-Addo, who held the position for almost two years.