The European Union Delegation to Nigeria and German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), on Friday donated IT equipment to the ECOWAS Commission as technical support to ensure effective service delivery of the Commission’s staff.
The EU and GIZ donated the equipment to the Commission in Abuja at the official launch of the EU-funded Institutional Support to ECOWAS (ISE) programme.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the ISE programme is aimed at enhancing the effectiveness, efficiency, and impact of the EU aid in West Africa.
Mrs Cecile Tassin-Pelzer, Head of Cooperation, EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, said that the programme was developed to train internal personnel who will in turn train staff of the Commission.
She explained that the Internal Trainers will support in conducting regular training for old and new staff of the ECOWAS Commission.
“It is my pleasure to welcome you to the formal launch of the EU-funded Institutional Support to ECOWAS Programme. The 4.85-million Euro Programme is co-funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic cooperation and Development and implemented by the GIZ.
Today, we hand over equipment purchased under the programme to support the training center and celebrate the graduation of the center’s first set on internal ECOWAS Trainers.
“The Institutional Support Programme launched today was developed as a follow-up to previous programmes to strengthen the Public Finance Management and Institutional Reforms initiated by ECOWAS.
“The programme began in December 2020 and aims to ensure that the ECOWAS Commission, as well as the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID), attain international standards in finance, audit, accounting and human resource.
“This programme has provided support for the validation process of revised ECOWAS Staff regulation support towards the preparation of harmonised Human resource policies and procedures.
“As well as the drafting and validation of a new ECOWAS Code of Ethics,” Tassin-Pelzer said.
Prof. Dias Jeremias, Commissioner for Human Resources, ECOWAS Commission, said that the ISE has provided technical assistance on institutional reforms at the ECOWAS Commission and the EBID.