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ECOWAS Court Asks Members To Execute Judgments

Posted: Oct 24, 2015 at 8:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice has called on member states to ensure speedy execution of its judgments.

President of the Court, Justice Maria do Ceu Silva Monteiro, made the call in Abuja at its 2015/2016 Legal Year.

Monteiro, who expressed concern over the lukewarm attitude of the member states to the court’s judgments, said ”a timely and effective justice that is not binding is useless.”

She, therefore, urged the heads of member states to develop a political will that would accelerate execution of the judgments.

“A great difficulty confronting the court relates directly to the member states, and concerns the execution of the court’s judgments.

“In fact, Article 24 of the 2005 Protocol provides that all member states shall determine the competent national authority for the purpose of receipt and processing of execution and notify the court accordingly”, she said.

She said despite repeated requests, only three states – Nigeria, Mail and Guinea -had complied with this statutory requirement.

While commending the integrationist and diligent attitude of the authorities of those nations that complied, she urged the remaining member states to follow suit.

“One cannot comprehend a timely and effective justice which is not binding. A strong court of justice, independent and respected, will inevitably contribute to the promotion of greater regional integration”, she said.

The Vice President of the court, Justice Friday Nwoke, called on ECOWAS commission to adopt a proactive measure that will ensure implementation of the court’s decisions.

“The commission has a great role to play in this regard, including taking a lead role in enforcing the decisions of the court that has been taken against them”, he said.

Nwoke called on the member states to develop political will that help in the implementation of the decisions of the court.

He also called on them to carry out in good faith the obligations they had undertaken under a treaty in respect of execution of the court’s decisions.