Before a large gathering of journalists from the Nigerian national press and the international press, and as a prelude to the activities marking the 10th anniversary of the Court, the Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS, through their spokesman, Hon. Justice Anthony Benin

(representing the President of the Court, Hon. Justice Awa Nana Daboya), held a press briefing to assess the progress made so far and the prospects for the next decade.

The spokesman indicated that the celebration of the 10 years of the Court is being done within the context of taking a stock of the decade gone by, and for the purposes of strengthening the role of the Court towards the attainment of the declared objective of the Community, of moving away from a Community of States to a Community of Peoples, in the next ten years.

In terms of an assessment of what the Court has achieved so far, Hon. Justice Anthony Benin laid emphasis on the status of applications filed before the Court in the past ten years and he stressed the efforts made to make the Court known to the masses of the people in the towns and rural areas. Furthermore, he informed the journalists of the plans already made to put in place a legal aid scheme for destitute citizens and the steps being taken to institute sub-registries of the Court in each ECOWAS Member State. Thereafter, he pointed out that for the next ten years, the Court is aiming to enhance its image and presence and look for a means of ensuring that its judgments are enforced in the Member States of ECOWAS.

He ended by urging the journalists to continue to stand by the Court, because, as he put it, they have a fundamental role to play in terms of sensitising and informing the masses of the people.