Ghana President, Nana Akufo-Addo was on Monday, during the 57th summit of the Economic Community of West African States elected as the President of the West African regional body.
The summit is being held at the Mahatma Gandhi International Conference Centre, in Niamey, Niger republic.
VANTAGE NEWS reported that the one-day summit will deliberate on the Special Report on COVID-19 to be presented by President Buhari who was appointed the ECOWAS Champion on the Fight against COVID-19 during the Extraordinary Virtual Summit of ECOWAS on April 23, 2020.
President Akufo-Addo will take over from Niger President, Mahamadou Issoufou, who was elected on June 29, 2019.
He becomes the 35th President to chair ECOWAS since its inception in 1975.
In his acceptance speech, Akufo Addo said, “I am fully aware of the challenges which confront West Africa.
“As much as considerable progress has been made since the establishment of ECOWAS, some forty-five years ago, we are all agreed that there is much more to be done to consolidate the socioeconomic and political gains made over the years,” added the Ghanaian president.
He noted that security and counter terrorism in West Africa remain a priority, noting that the regional body will work hard to ensure the formation of a new government in Mali following last month’s removal of President Boubacar Keita from office by the military.
He stated that other issues such as the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area and the ECOWAS commitment to a common currency will be prioritised.
In his speech, the outgoing President, Niger republic’s Mahamadou Issoufou said, “It has been an honor for me to serve at the head of this prestigious institution. It is with great pride that I pass on the torch today to my brother and friend.”
President Akufo-Addo would have a year’s mandate to run the affairs of the 15 countries regional body.