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 COURT TO SUPPORT ECOWAS MEMBER STATES IN FACILITATING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ITS DECISIONS

The President of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, Honourable Justice Maria de Céu Silva Monteiro on Thursday, 18th June 2015 pledged to work with Member States to facilitate the designation of competent authorities in the States for the execution of the decisions of the Court in line with the provisions of the 2005 Supplementary Protocol on the Court.


‘The focal points are an important mechanism for the implementation of the decisions of the Court and would contribute to engendering citizen confidence,’ she said at a symbolic ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the swearing in of the current judges of the Court.

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  ECOWAS COURT, UNHCR SIGN THREE –YEAR COOPERATION AGREEMENT FOR PROTECTION OF RIGHTS OF REFUGEES

The ECOWAS Community Court on tuesday 16th of June 2015 signed a framework document with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) for cooperation in improving the protection of the rights of refugees, asylum-seekers, returnees, IDPs, stateless persons and those at risk of statelessness in West Africa.


Activities to be implemented under the Memorandum of Understanding, which was signed by the President of the Court, Honorable Justice Maria de Ceu Silva Monteiro and Madame Angele Dikongue-Atangana, the Special Representative of the UNHCR to Nigeria and ECOWAS are broadly in the areas of training and capacity building for judges and staff of Court and the UNHCR, advice on cases before the Court and issues of mutual interest as well as information sharing.

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NEW MANAGEMENT OF THE COURT PROMISES TO GIVE PROMINENCE TO STAFF WELFARE

The management of the Community Court of Justice has pledged a new era when staff welfare will enjoy a “high premium” in order to create an environment conducive to the realisation of the objectives of the regional Court.


“We appreciate the importance of a well-motivated staff and will avoid actions that will cause staff frustration, “the president of the Court, Honourable Justice Maria Do Ceu Silva Monteiro said in remarks at the closing of a two day retreat in Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria on Saturday, 17th January 2015.


She said the emphasis of the new welfare programme will be mainly on the training and capacity building.

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