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ECOWAS Court to enhance its efficacy in community service


The Economic Community of West Africa State (ECOWAS) Community Court of Justice said it would enhance its effectiveness in service delivery for the benefit and development of citizens in the sub-region.

A statement by the court on Wednesday, said Justice Edward Asante, President of the court made the commitment at the 15th Administration and Finance retreat of the court in Goshen city near Abuja.

The statement said the retreat would adopt the court’s draft budget for 2024.

It called for the participation of members of staff to contribute their interventions and recommendations to enable the court to take decisions that would improve its operations.

The statement said Asante was represented on the occasion by the Court’s Vice President, Justice Gberi-be Ouattara.

It described the retreat as one of the important activities of the court which offered veritable opportunity to review the progress achieved with its policies and programmes.

According to the statement, it is an oppportunity to discuss the activities for 2024, including its budget which was critical for the success of the court.

It disclosed that the Court’s Director of Administration and Finance, Mr William Towah presented the objectives and expectations of the retreat.

The statement quoted Towah as saying that “the retreat provided the court with an opportunity to reflect upon its achievements, confront challenges head-on, and explore promising prospects that lie ahead,”

The statement described the budget as crucial for the functioning of the court, saying “it will also aerve as a platform for us to discuss and analyse the budget, evaluate our priorities, and make informed decisions that align with our mission and goals’’.

It further emphasised the significance of the development of Key Performance Indicators for programmes which should ‘’serve as a yardstick to measure our progress, gauge the effectiveness of our efforts, and foster a culture of accountability and transparency”.

“By defining these performance indicators, we can monitor our performance, identify areas of improvement, and ensure that our programs, projects and initiatives are aligned with our overarching objectives.’’

The statement urged participants to share their invaluable insights during the discussions of the presentations from the various departments, divisions and units of the court.

It added that the five-day retreat would discuss the judicial and other activities of the court and developments since the last retreat held in 2022. (NAN)

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