ECOWAS Presidents to meet on single currency December 21
Nigeria’s finance minister expresses doubt about the ECOWAS single currency commencing next year.
Death toll in migrant boat sinking off Mauritania rises to 63
The boat bound for Spain capsized on Wednesday with up to 180 people aboard.
Nigerians enjoy more electricity than many countries in West Africa – Official
Nigeria is among first five in access to electricity in West Africa.
Fourteen killed in terrorist attack on Burkina Faso church
An unprecedented wave of violence has rendered a once-peaceful Burkina Faso stumbling amidst threats of rampaging Jihadists in the Sahel.
Buhari expresses grief over death of 13 French soldiers in Mali
“I am deeply saddened by the news of this helicopter accident that claimed the lives of 13 French soldiers.”
U.S. advises citizens not to travel to Burkina Faso
The U.S. orders all family members of government employees not of age to leave, and authorises the voluntary departure of non-emergency staff and family members.
70 people killed in Guinea ahead of 2020 presidential polls – Report
The deaths have occurred since 2015, during various demonstrations against President Alpha Conde’s plans to amend the constitution to run for a third term
53 soldiers killed in attack on Mali military post
No group has claimed responsibility for the assault.
Tension in Guinea-Bissau as sacked PM refuses to leave office
President Jose Vaz dissolved the government late on Monday.
Senegal enters the Liquefied natural gas race with significant offshore discoveries
Senegal, where oil was discovered in 1961, expects all its offshore projects to come online between 2022 and 2026.
Opposition leaders in Guinea sentenced to jail for organising protests
The opposition leaders were jailed for organising protests against a possible amendment of the constitution allowing a third term for the 81-year-old president.
Five killed in twin attacks in northern Burkina Faso
Since 2015, a spate of terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso has killed more than 500 people and internally displaced more than 280,000 others, including more than 9,000 pupils.
Incumbent president, 12 candidates on provisional list for Guinea-Bissau elections
The election holds on November 24.
EU to support ECOWAS with 20 million Euro intervention fund for peace, security
The EU says the support is aimed at strengthening ECOWAS mechanisms to promote and maintain peace, stability and post crisis operations.
German defence minister visits soldiers in north-eastern Mali
The soldiers are based in Camp Castor in the north-eastern city of Gao as part of the UN’s MINUSMA peacekeeping mission, which is considered the most dangerous operation currently underway.
Ghana arrests three men involved in ‘coup attempt’
The government says the men belong to a group known as ”Take Action Ghana (TAG)” whose aim was to undermine the affairs of the country.
Ghana to produce 850,000 tonnes of cocoa in 2019/20 season – Regulator
Ghana’s annual cocoa production is usually between 850,000 and 900,000 tonnes, although the country had an official forecast of 900,000 tonnes for the current 2018/19 season, which ends this month.
ECOWAS Parliament seeks UN support in resolving crisis in sub-region
The delegation said one of the reasons the sub-region is poor is because the West has not adequately helped in curbing the smuggling of small arms and light weapons into the region
27 children killed in Liberia’s Islamic school fire
The police told BBC that “they are still looking for bodies in the Paynesville area” where the fire occurred.
Don’t allow terrorists destabilise West Africa, Buhari urges ECOWAS leaders
President Buhari joined other ECOWAS leaders for the special one-day Summit.
ECOWAS Commission urges member states to strengthen regional trade, integration efforts
Tei Konzi, Commissioner for Trade, Customs and Free Movement, ECOWAS Commission made the call on Tuesday in Abuja at a two-day ECOWAS Forum for the establishment of National Trade Facilitation Committees (NTFCs).
More than 29 killed’ in militant attacks in Burkina Faso
Both attacks occurred in the northern Sanmatenga province.