The ECOWAS Commissioner in charge of Telecommunication and Information Technologies made this known.
“Back in year 2000, the Heads of State of our 50 member states decided on the establishment of a radio and television channel for the community.
“The idea behind this is to promote the West African identity.
“We have free movement of goods and people, a common passport for the entire sub-region.
“We are about to launch a biometric ID card that would allow people to move and settle in any ECOWAS member state without resident permit.
“We have been making tremendous progress as far as regional integration is concerned.
“Setting up a television channel is a very expensive project.
There was a prefeasibility study, but we are at the initial phase of this project and we are going to run a feasibility study which will give us real estimate of how much this will cost.
“We are at the initial stage and we are reaching out to partners so we can move ahead with this project for our sub-region.
“We are aiming at 2017 for the launching of this radio and television channel.”