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History 2, May/June 2008  
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question 12

Examine the problems faced by Nigeria as a member of the Economic
Community of West African States (ECOWAS)



A straight forward question.  Many candidates performed very well in it.  Some however, dwelt on the Charter of the ECOWAS.  The candidates were required to examine the following problems:

    • the country was faced with language difficulty in dealing with some member countries;
    • incessant military coups d’etat in Nigeria and other member countries hindered  political stability which in turn retarded progress of the organization;
    • some small members states of the organization were afraid of a possible Nigeria domination of the organization;
    • ideological differences between Nigeria and some member states had hindered understanding and progress;
    • some poor member states could not meet their financial obligations to the organization thereby making Nigeria to put in extra financial aids to sustain the organization;
    • influx of refugees from member nations to Nigeria has been affecting Nigeria’s economy, etc.


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