The seven new Commissioners of the ECOWAS Commission have assumed duty, the Commission said in a statement made available to PANA here Wednesday. On Monday, the Commissioners as well as the Financial Controller for the Community were introduced to the staff and management at a brief ceremony presided over by Commission President Kadre Ouedraogo.
Six of the Commissioners will head the newly-created structures that will see the Commission expanded from 9 to 15 members, following the decision of regional leaders during their 2013 summit in Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire.
The President said their resumption will help improve the capacity of the Commission to discharge its mandate in meeting the expectations of the leaders and the citizens within the context of the ongoing institutional reform of the Community.
The new Commissioner for Human Resources, Mr Joao José Silva Monteiro of Guinea Bissau, who responded on behalf of his colleagues, assured of the unflinching commitment of new Commissioners to contribute their quota to the realisation of the mandate of the Commission as “any privilege creates responsibilities”.
On his part, the Staff Representative Haruna Warkani welcomed the new Commissioners and expressed the hope that their presence will enable the President of the Commission to face less difficulty in executing his mission and the Institution to achieve better results.
The new Commissioners and others are:
Mr Jean- Pierre Ezin (Benin), Commissioner for Education, Science and Culture
Dr Isaias Barreto Olimpio da Rosa (Cape Verde), Commissioner for Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
Mr Kalilou Traoré (Côte d’Ivoire), Commissioner for Industry and Private Sector Promotion
Mr Stephen Nartey (Ghana), Commissioner for General Administration and Conference
Mr Bangoura Morlaye (Guinea), Commissioner for Energy and Mines
Mr Joao José Silva Monteiro (Guinea-Bissau), Commissioner for Human Resources
Dr Fatimata Dia Sow (Senegal), Commissioner for Gender and Social Affairs
Dr Muhammad Sani Bello (Nigeria), Financial Controller.
In addition to President Ouédraogo (Burkina Faso), and Vice President Toga Gayewea McIntosh (Liberia), the other officials of the Commission already in place are:
Mr Ebrima Njie (Gambia), Commissioner for Infrastructure
Mr Ibrahim Bocar Ba (Mali), Commissioner for Macroeconomic Policy
Mr Ahmed Hamid (Niger), Commissioner for Trade, Customs and Free Movement
Mrs Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman (Nigeria), Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security
Mrs Khadi Ramatu Saccoh (Sierra Leone), Commissioner for Finance
Dr Lapodini Marc Atouga (Togo), Commissioner for Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources.