By G9ija

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and its partners have concluded arrangement to assess the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the rights and protection of the child.

ECOWAS Directorate of Humanitarian and Social Affairs held two virtual meetings with the Regional Child Protection Partners Working Group (RCPWG) on November 16 and Annual Consultation with Member States’ Directors of Child on November 17, 2020, with member organisations of the RCPWG in attendance.

The two meetings, according to a statement issued by ECOWAS Headquarters, Abuja deliberated on ways of minimising the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on children in the ECOWAS region.

The two meetings agreed that COVID-19 pandemic constitutes a clear and present danger; with a long term impact on children as they are clearly most vulnerable to both primary and secondary effects of the pandemic.

Consequently, the meeting agreed that it was necessary for ECOWAS to determine the level of impact of the pandemic on children and re-strategise, to ensure the sustained realisation of the goals of the ECOWAS Child Policy and related instruments.