Implementing Free Movement Policy Problematic- ECOWAS
Ayodele Samuel, Abidjan
The Economic Community of West Africa States ECOWAS has said implementing its free movement policy in the region is problematic.
Director of Trade, Industry and Free Movement, Ministry Of African Integration
He said the harmonization of community member's national laws and regulations to ease free movement is crucial to the implementation of the policy in various member states.
He lamented that the commission cannot oblige any country to comfort with the policy, saying this has this principal weaken the contribution of member state to the growth of the region.
He said the ECOWAS policy cannot be implemented by the Head of State, calling on youths to work with government to ensure the successful integration of West Africa communities, "the free movement of persons is paramount need for regional integration in ECOWAS"
He said the youth must learn and understand the free movement policy for the purpose of social, economy and political development.Nigerian representative at the meeting, Adeola Aroso, says that the policy is overrated by all ECOWAS member states, "it is all talk, no action, the policy of free movement should be effective at all West African borders and not on paper and our governments should strengthen its local laws, institution and process on implementing the ECOWAS policy."