Thursday, May 17, 2007

ECOWAS Court Team Visits Sierra Leone

A high powered-delegation from the ECOWAS Court of Justice is presently on a week sensitization tour in Sierra Leone. Welcoming the team at a colorful programme held at the Conference Room of the Ministry of Development and Economic Planning on Monday 14th May 2007, the Development Secretary, and Mrs. Kona Koroma, welcomed the eleven-man delegation, which included the President of the ECOWAS Courts, Madam Aminata Nalle Sanogo and the Vice President, Justice Anthony Benin. She indicated that they in the Ministry of Development and Economic Planning would do everything necessary to make their visit a success, noting that that the arrival of delegation signified that they too have a commitment.

In her response the President of the Court, Madam Aminata Malle Sanogo, thanked the ministry for organizing such a wonderful programme, indicating that this is the first meeting to be held in Sierra Leone since her appointment as president of the ECOWAS Court. The purpose of the sensitization tour, she said, is to create awareness about the work of the ECOWAS Court of Justice, so that member countries would respect the rights, dignity and liberty of their citizens.

According to Madam Sanogo, the Court was established in 1991 and has its Head Office in Nigeria. The President said among things that the court’s job description is to settle disputes that may arise within members’ states. During their stay they will be visiting government officials and ministries, Civil Society Organizations, both local and international NGO’s and other stakeholders. The team also paid a visit to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice and the Law School.

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