ECOWAS Abuja Headquarters’ Project Throws Up Consultancy Jobs


Following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a $31.6 million grant with the Government of China for the development of the proposed new Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) headquarters building in Abuja, the search for critical consultants in the project have begun in earnest.
To pave way for the project, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Mr. Jean-Claude Brou, and the Ambassador of China to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mr. Zhou Pingjian, had recently signed for both parties in a bilateral meeting held at the ECOWAS Commission headquarters, Abuja.
Under the MoU, China’s will maintain the building three years after completion. The need for a new building for ECOWAS was necessitated by increasing number of staff, which led to the Commission to presently operate from three buildings distance apart from each other.
The agreement, which comes into force with immediate effect will cater for offices and conference complex building, as well as road facilities, electrical equipment, parking lots and security posts within the proposed site of the project.
An ECOWAS designated authority and the China Development Bank Corporation will work together to verify records of account payments at regular intervals.
The grant comes as part of China’s commitment to continue to promote the China-ECOWAS friendly cooperation through similar economic and technical cooperation. Already, a design team has already been established to ensure that the building’s architecture reflects the culture and Africaness of ECOWAS member states.
The project is one of other public facilities being undertaken by the Chinese government in sub-Saharan Africa.