ECOWAS Court concludes its novel sitting in Accra

By Beatrice Oppon

Chief Justice Kwesi Anin Yeboah has reiterated calls for ECOWAS member states to respect and abide by the rulings of the Court. He said the Court cannot survive if the people it has jurisdiction over do not show interest in its mandate.

Speaking at the closing of the External Court Session of the ECOWAS Court in Accra, Justice Anin Yeboah said the external sessions which are held in cities across the sub-region enable citizens to be aware of the activities and mandate of the court.

“We urged the Court to consider proposals to extend the mandate of the Judges and also increase their number so the Court can have the capacity to address more cases than it is currently doing”, he stressed.

President of the Court, Justice Edward Amoako Asante said the External session in Accra was successful and unprecedented in its history for which he was grateful to Ghanaians for the support. He said the low level of enforcement of the Court’s judgment remains a major challenge and urged Member States to domesticate the ECOWAS Revised Treaty to ensure compliance with its directives.

Vice President of the ECOWAS Court Justice Gberi-be Ouattara on behalf of the delegation expressed gratitude to Ghanaians for the warm reception. The team presented gifts to President Akufo Addo, the Chief Justice, some government officials, and officials of the Judicial Service. The ECOWAS Court delegation was also presented with gifts.

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