Ghana’s President and Chair of ECOWAS Authority, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has said the threats of terrorism, particularly the recent attack on Burkina Faso by some terrorist groups, should reinforce their commitment to deal with the matter to prevent future occurrences urgently
Speaking at the opening session of the 59th Ordinary Session of the Authority of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Heads of State and Governments in Accra on Saturday, President Akufo-Addo said the region was confronted with security challenges with deadly terrorist attacks and kidnappings.”
The main agenda of the meeting is to consider reports from the Council of Ministers meeting, which was held from June 16 – 17, 2021, on the fight against terrorism, violent extremism, COVID-19, regional integration, democratic governance, health issues and climate change.
He said Mali, Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Niger were attacked and in the coastal countries in the region, such as Cote d’Ivoire, whose recently terrorist attack resulted in the death of some 132 civilians, including children.
President Akufo-Addo said a concerted effort must be implored to address the security challenges in the region as “it is a matter of dignity and sovereignty which affects all nations in the region. None of our countries is insulated from the threats of terrorism.”
Acts of piracy and Maritime destabilisation, the ECOWAS Chair disclosed, is on the rise in the Gulf of Guinea, affecting trade in “our community and increasing the cost of imported products.
“We must operationalise the maritime centres”, he stated and stressed that member states pay urgent attention to the growing threats to Maritime Security in the region.
The importance of all these issues, President Akufo-Addo indicated, is an indication of the richness and depth of “our community.”
The ECOWAS Chair thanked member states, including the AU member state, for their incredible support, which saw Ghana elected to the United Nation’s Security Council from January 2022 to December 2023.
President Akufo—Addo said Ghana, which received the highest number of votes on the day, that is 185 out of 190 votes, “would not have been possible without your active support.”
The President said Ghana obtained the highest number of votes compared to the four other member states that were elected, further cemented Ghana’s high standing in the comity of nations.
He said Ghana would make sure that Africa’s voice is heard loud and clear in the “deliberations of the Security Council both on matters affecting our regional, the continent and on global issues.”
The Ghanaian President said Ghana would consult broadly to define Africa’s interest and common position on the UN reforms regarding the “long-standing injustices that the current structure and composition of the UN Security Council represents for the Nations of Africa.”
Ghana, President Akufo-Addo assured, was determined to urge on the global plan, as well as work to solicit the backing of countries around the world for this long overdue UN reforms, which he believes it’s time to correct “these injustices.”
ReX Mainoo Yeboah, ISD