The Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), at its Extraordinary Session held on Wednesday, February 3 2021, re-elected President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as its Chairman.
This means President Akufo-Addo will serve another one-year term as Chair of the sub-regional body.
The Authority, in a statement, said the decision to give Ghana’s President the nod was as a result of a consensus among the Heads of State.
“To this end, the Authority calls on His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of Republic of Ghana, with the support of the Ministerial Ad hoc Committee on institutional reforms to lead a reflection on the issues and a report on this point be submitted to the Ordinary Session of the Authority to be held in June 2021.
“To that effect, a consensus emerged from the Heads of State and Governments that His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo continues for a second term as Chair of the ECOWAS Authority to oversee the implementation of the reforms,” the statement indicated.
“The Heads of State and Governments expressed its sincere appreciation to President Akufo-Addo and Chair of ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Governments for his leadership in steering the affairs of ECOWAS,” it added.
He was unanimously elected to take over the mantle of leadership from the President of Niger, His Excellency Mahamadou Issoufou, for a period of one year.
President Akufo-Addo in his acceptance speech said he was fully aware of the challenges which confronted West Africa.
“Past leaders of ECOWAS have demonstrated their collective will and determination to drive the agenda of regional integration, opening up our economic frontiers, encouraging healthy competition amongst Member States, and ensuring that we adhere to our formative principles,” he said.
The President added: “As much as considerable progress has been made since the establishment of ECOWAS, some forty-five years ago, we have all agreed that there is much more to be done to consolidate the socio-economic and political gains made over the years.”