President Akufo-Addo calls on African Leaders to fight terrorism together as no country is insulated against the threat

President Akufo-Addo has warned that no African country is insulated against terrorism.

He said this at the opening session of the 59th Ordinary Session of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government in Accra.

President Akufo-Addo who is also the Chairman of ECOWAS called for a united front in addressing security challenges within the Sub-region.

He thanked ECOWAS and the AU for supporting Ghana’s election as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council promising to push the African agenda.

President Akufo-Addo said Ghana, Nigeria, and Senegal need the support of other African countries to develop the continent’s Covid-19 vaccine.

The ECOWAS leaders, excluding Mali which has been suspended from the sub-regional bloc are discussing issues threatening peace and stability of West Africa, the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines, the Africa Continental Free Trade Area among other issues.

Former Nigerian President, Good luck Jonathan, the ECOWAS Special Envoy, mediating Mali’s political crisis will present a report on his mission. President Akufo-Addo charged member states to devise new ways of dealing with terrorism across the sub-region.

On challenges acquiring Covid-19 vaccines, President Akufo-Addo charged members to start working towards producing the continent’s own vaccines.

He again tasked member states to take advantage of the AFCTA to boost their economies.

A communique is expected to be issued after the closed-door deliberations.

Other reports to be considered are ECOWAS Single Currency Programme, Institutional Reform of ECOWAS, Memorandum on the proposed mechanism of rotation of ECOWAS Member States’ Candidatures to the Chairmanship of the African Union, and Date and venue of 60th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government.

Story filed by Bright Ntramah


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