Integration and politics among west african states:The Nigerian experience


Etim Okon Udoh


Review I Published May,2015


Pearl Journal of Management, Social Science and Humanities Vol. 1 (2), pp. 30-41

Department of Management Consultancy Services,The Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON), Topo-Badagry, Lagos.Nigeria.E.mail: etimok12@yahoo.com. Tel. +2348033752317.

When the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Protocol on free Movement, Residence and Establishment was enacted in 1991, it held great promise for the earlier vision of the founding fathers for a borderless West African region. After the promulgation of the ECOWAS Treaty in 1975, the Protocol on Free Movement had to be enacted to lay out the legal and administrative framework for the implementation of free movement and residence. This paper explores the inherent prospects in a functional integration initiative for the West African sub region and Nigeria’s potential benefits from it. The paper provides workable recommendations with respect to what needs to be done in order to revive the ECOWAS dream of a true borderless region. If it is done it would boost trade, enhance the economic condition in the region and actualize the dream of the founding fathers who emphasized freedom for the people.

Key Words: Nigeria, ECOWAS, Sub-Region, Integration, Challenges, Prospects.

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