It is noteworthy to inform our teeming followers and viewers around the world that on two separate special occasions CRAMAI through its indefatigable Chairman Board of Trustees (BOT) and Director & International Coordinator – Sir Dr. Brasca Ifeadi delivered two (2) lectures majorly on “Free Movement of Persons, Goods, And Services As An Important Factor In Regional Economic Integration” at the International Conferences which were hosted by ECOWAS Court of Justice at Accra, Ghana between 21st – 24th October 2019 and at Praia, Cape Verde between 9th – 12th May 2022 respectively.
There was no doubt that the title the Director and International Coordinator of CRAMAI thoroughly interrogated on Migration and the central theme of the Conference, which was strategically transfixed on – “ECOWAS Integration Model: The Legal Implications of Regionalism, Sovereignty, and Supranationalism”, are all coming at a tension laden time, when the West African sub-region, the African Continent and the World Community as a whole have become painfully fraught with soaring levels of banditry, Kidnapping, ethno– religious hinged insurgencies, crises and conflicts, the massive scourge of irregular migration and disruptive incidences of coup d’etats especially within the West African sub-region.
This paper established the truism that even though the ECOWAS Commission successfully accomplished a myriad of achievements in the sub-region, a lot still needs to be done in order for it to take its rightful status in the sub-regional, socio-economic and political integration calculus.
Amongst the numerous findings and recommendations of this lecture are:
First, is the urgent need for the institutionalisation of the golden attributes of sincerity of purpose, good governance, robust leadership, and followership structures within the entire political landscape of ECOWAS member States.
Second, the Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS should drastically eradicate all security threats, such as Kidnapping, banditry, and terrorist activities along transnational border divides, since these dangerous factors have repeatedly propelled the failure of most ECOWAS member States from fully implementing the protocols on the free movement of persons, goods and services, and most importantly, that of rights of residence and establishment.
Third, with the expected significant reduction in the present criminal and terrorist activities along the border lines, Community stakeholders and leaders of member States, should be encouraged to open up their borders more freely and eliminate their administrative restrictions on free movement of persons, goods and services, and rights of residence and establishment to authentic citizens of ECOWAS Community.
Fourth, Heads of States and Government of ECOWAS should be further urged to officially ally the ill-conceived fear that implementation of the protocol of rights of residence and establishment will lead to undue domination of their existing business space by citizens of more affluent and bigger nation States.
Fifth, from the perspective of good followership, Community citizens, especially the youths should endeavour to resist the temptation of being persuaded to become radicalised by Kidnappers, bandits, terrorists, and religious fundamentalists. This will prevent them from becoming dangerous weapons of mass destruction of their innocent citizens, which has been a major obstacle that has stood against the regional economic integration efforts of the ECOWAS Commission.
Sixth, amongst other findings and recommendations, the paper earnestly put on record the fact that as a pathfinder of genuine growth, and a regional economic integration machine, the ECOWAS Commission is immensely on the right pendulum of structural progress in spite of the daunting challenges and the excruciating Covid – 19 global lock down the Community adversely experienced during the past few years.
The second Conference ended on the 12th of May, 2022 with renewed confidence that the ECOWAS Establishment remains the surest beacon of hope for the total economic integration and development of the West African sub-region.