The Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Sunday laid the foundation of a new ECOWAS Headquarters building in Abuja, Nigeria.
This headquarters Project is financed by the Chinese Government through the China Aid programme and is expected to be complete in 26 months.
In his opening address, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, H.E. Dr. Omar Alieu Touray thanked the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for providing the plot covering an area of seven hectares along the Airport Road in Abuja for the building project and the Chinese Government who provided technical and financial support for the construction of the headquarters.
Touray stated that the new headquarters will enhance productivity among staff and reduce operational costs as the ECOWAS Commission currently operates from three different locations in Abuja.
H.E. Cui Jianchun, the ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and ECOWAS, said the government of China is keen on expanding diplomatic relations with Africa through support for construction projects like the new ECOWAS Commission headquarters.
He highlighted that these buildings demonstrate China’s sincere determination to support the unity, peace and development of the African region along her efforts to promote and support Africa’s infrastructure development programme.
H. E. Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria, noted that the project represents China’s commitment to West Africa’s subregional bloc and evidence of a strong cooperation between Africa and China.
He added that the new headquarters is a symbol of unity and brotherhood of ECOWAS Member States and signifies a re-commitment to regional integration and development of the countries in the sub-region.
Buhari thanked the Chinese Government for their technical and financial support for the building complex.