ECOWAS, AU, UN Congratulate Gambian President, Adama Barrow

ECOWAS, AU, UN Congratulate Gambian President, Adama BarrowThe ECOWAS Commission, African Union and United Nations have congratulated the President of the Republic of The Gambia, Mr Adama Barrow, on the occasion of his swearing-in and assumption of office.

This is following his victory at the presidential election of December 1, 2016 and in accordance with the Constitution of the Republic of The Gambia.

The joint statement was released on Thursday evening after Adama Barrow took the oath of office in neighbouring Senegal as incumbent Yahya Jammeh refused to leave office.

“The ECOWAS Commission, African Union and United Nations equally congratulate the people of The Gambia who have demonstrated patience, discipline, maturity and resolve to defend their popular will, as expressed in the 1st December, 2016 presidential election and during the post-electoral crisis.

“The ECOWAS Commission, African Union and United Nations once again commend the independence, professionalism and commitment of members of the Independent Electoral Commission of The Gambia and all political parties for exercising the needed restraint that paved way for the peaceful conduct of the 1st December, 2016 presidential election.

“The ECOWAS Commission, African Union and United Nations commend the leadership and commitment demonstrated by Her Excellency (Mrs) Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia and Chair of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, as well as His Excellency  Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and ECOWAS Mediator, and H.E. John Dramani Mahama, former President of the Republic of Ghana and Co-Mediator, for the efforts undertaken for the resolution of the post-electoral impasse in The Gambia in full compliance with constitutional legality to ensure peaceful transfer of power.

“The ECOWAS Commission, African Union and United Nations urge His Excellency Adama Barrow to take all necessary steps to strengthen national unity, social harmony and peace in the Gambia with a view to addressing the socio-political and economic challenges that have hampered poverty reduction in the country.

“The ECOWAS Commission, African Union and United Nations once again urge the Security Forces to observe neutrality and conduct themselves in a civil manner, and to strongly support President Barrow by maintaining public order and security which are essential to the stability and development of the country.

“The ECOWAS Commission, African Union and United Nations reaffirm their commitment to continue accompanying The Gambia in consolidating democracy and rule of law in the country,” the statement reads.

ECOWAS Mandates Deployment Of Forces To The Gambia

ECOWAS Mandates Deployment Of Forces To The GambiaThe Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has formally approved the deployment of troops to The Gambia.

In a statement signed by Nigeria’s Minister of Defence, Mr Mohammed Dan-Ali, the federal government explained that ECOWAS decided in a meeting to use its standby force in upholding the result of the presidential election held in The Gambia in December 2016, which produced Mr Adama Barrow as winner.

The Minister added that in line with the ECOWAS directive, the Nigerian military would deploy its assets to protect the people of The Gambia and maintain regional peace and security.

 

Ghanaian President Calls For True Freedom In Africa

Ghanaian PresidentThe President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, has called for what he called true freedom in Africa for the continent to develop economically and educationally.

He made the call while presenting a lecture during the 40th anniversary of University of Ilorin.

The Ghanaian President lamented that the continent has never been free from colonialism and also blamed past African leaders for their harsh method of governance which he noted retarded the growth of their countries.

Each country, he stressed, should evolve plans to develop its education and economy to meet its peculiar needs.

Also speaking, President Muhammadu Buhari represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir David Lawal, urged the private sector to complement the efforts of the federal government in the education sector by investing to improve the education in the country.

He also urged them to think outside the box in the funding and running of their campuses.

ECOWAS Congratulates Buhari, Commends Jonathan And INEC On Elections

ECOWAS PresidentThe Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has received with deep satisfaction, the declaration of the results of the March 28 Presidential elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

ECOWAS noted the peaceful and transparent conduct of the election and congratulates the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and also commended the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and incumbent President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, for accepting the results and congratulating the winning candidate.

A statement issued by the President of the Republic of Ghana and the Chair of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, John Dramani Mahama, reads; “On behalf of the Community, I wish to congratulate the Government and people of Nigeria on this great achievement.

“ECOWAS also notes the high sense of duty and professionalism exhibited by the Independent National Electoral Commission led by Professor Attahiru Jega, which was a significant factor in the success of the elections.”

The Union commended the people of Nigeria for the determination and courage demonstrated throughout the period of the elections.

“This is a clear indication of the collective commitment of the Nigerian stakeholders towards strengthening democracy and good governance in line with our Community Protocols.”

The Union also urged all political parties, candidates, their supporters and the general public to accept the verdict of the electoral commission, continue to observe the atmosphere of peace and employ exclusively legal and constitutional means to seek redress for any grievances.

Central, West African Leaders To Meet Over Boko Haram In April

Boko Haram terrorists fighting vehicles destroyed by troopsCentral and West African states will hold a summit next month to agree a common strategy to combat the Boko Haram insurgency, their leaders said on Wednesday.

Armies from Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger have launched an offensive to end the Islamic militant group’s six-year campaign, which has killed thousands in northern Nigeria and spilled over into Cameroon and Niger.

Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama and his Chadian counterpart Idriss Deby told reporters in Accra that the April 7-8 summit, for which the host country has yet to be chosen, was needed to sustain the regional offensive.

Mahama chairs the West African regional bloc ECOWAS, while Deby heads the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS).

“Single-handedly, no country can overcome this threat and therefore through pooling our resources together …we are going to overcome this challenge,” Deby told reporters.

Ghana Selected As UN Base For Supplies Bound For Ebola Countries

EbolaThe United Nations will use Ghana as a base for supplies bound for countries stricken by an Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 1,550 people in West Africa, the Ghanaian presidency said in a statement on Friday.

More than 3,000 people have been infected since the virus was detected in the remote jungles of southeastern Guinea early this year. It quickly spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, and Senegal reported its first case on Friday.

UN Chief, Ban Ki-moon, had a telephone conversation on Friday evening with Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama, who agreed to let international agencies use Ghana’s capital, Accra, as a base for airlifting supplies and personnel to affected countries, the statement said.

Mahama chairs the West African regional grouping, ECOWAS, which has set up a solidarity fund to fight the deadly disease.

“Using Accra as the logistics and coordination center would therefore open a vital corridor to get urgently needed supplies and health personnel into the affected countries and areas,” the statement said.

Regular international commercial flights to the affected countries have been suspended, making it difficult for supplies to reach them.

The statement said that the UN and local authorities would work closely to put in place appropriate screening and prevention measures to avoid any adverse effects on Ghana as a result of the international operations.

The UN will also help review and strengthen Ghana’s Ebola preparedness as steps are taken to prevent the virus from spreading to that country, according to the statement.

 

ECOWAS Leaders Meet In Accra To Discuss Insecurity

ecowas parliamentIssues of mutual and urgent concern in the West African region, especially the security situations in Mali and Nigeria, will top discussions, as leaders of the Economic Community Of West African States hold an extraordinary session on Friday in Accra, Ghana.

The one-day summit followed the latest clashes between rebel groups in Kidal, northern Mali and government forces which resulted in the loss of lives while thousands of people were displaced.

It is the first to be hosted by Ghana’s President, John Dramani Mahama, since his election in February 2014 as chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Community,

The regional leaders will also discuss the security situation in parts of northern Nigeria where the militant group, Boko Haram, has waged a terrorist campaign that has left many people dead, wanton destruction of property and kidnappings.

In one of the group’s latest attacks on Chibok a town in Borno State, over 200 girls were abducted from their dormitory in Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok.

President Mahama will address the summit while the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo, will present memoranda on the security situations in the two member countries.

The President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan and leaders of countries in western and northern borders held a meeting in France organised by French President Francois Hollande to seek ways of ending the increasing insecurity in the West African region.

At the meeting, the West African leaders agreed that “an attack on one is an attack on all”.

Such collaboration is expected to be discussed at the Ghana meeting to ensure that terrorism, which the Nigerian president said on Thursday was threatening Nigeria’s gains from democracy, would be brought to an end before it spreads to other countries in the region.

2013 In Retrospect: Leadership, Electoral Processes And Conflicts In Africa

Network Africa on its debut edition for 2014 takes a look at the continent of Africa during the year 2013.

Focus is on Ghana because of the presidential election it held during the year, the electoral process, the post-election disputes and the eventual victory for President John Dramani Mahama.

Efforts by African leaders to sustain democratic governments across the continent are also in focus as 2013 witnessed the toppling of a democratically elected government in Central African Republic, with bloody crisis in Mali.

2013 also provided Nigeria the reminder for the build-up to a controversial centenary, with its 1914 amalgamation having come under scrutiny, raising questions about the terms of existence of Nigeria as a nation.

Also in focus is the Kenyan election of March 4, 2013, which produced Deputy Prime Minister, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta as President.

Looking back at the year 2013 would be incomplete without the monumental passing away of Anti-apartheid hero, Late Dr Nelson Mandela.

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Ghana’s President visits Jonathan

A few days  after his election as Ghana’s new leader, John Dramani Mahama has made his first international trip and he headed to Abuja for a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa.

Mr Mahama who won a fresh term as President in the West African state arrived the Presidential Villa at about 12.30pm on Wednesday, where he was received by the President Jonathan at the forecourt of his office before the two went upstairs for a meeting.

Briefing state house correspondents after the meeting, the Ghanaian President said while on his way to Equatorial Guinea for the Conference of African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States meeting, he decided to call on the Nigerian President to pay respect to President Jonathan considering the relations between Ghana and Nigeria.

He said that after his successful election it has become imperative that he visited Nigeria first.

President Mahama sought for Nigeria’s resuscitation of the West African pipeline to enable Ghana use the Nigerian gas for its power generation, saying “I took the opportunity of the visit to discuss with him (President Jonathan) the issue of West Africa Gas Pipeline. As you are aware, it got broken and there was an accident when they were trying to activate it.”

“So, I want President Jonathan to use his influence to get the pipeline back into operation as soon as possible so that Ghana can continue to receive Nigerian gas to power our electricity generation.”

He also condole President Jonathan on the death of his younger brother saying that he missed the funeral which took place on the day of the elections in Ghana.

Security and bilateral relations top Jonathan, Mahama meeting

President Goodluck Jonathan held bilateral talks with the new Ghanaian president John Dramani Mahama who came to the Presidential Villa to express his gratitude to him for the show of sympathy following the death of John Attah Mills.

Mister Mahama, who was full of gratitude to Nigeria for the show of solidarity during the death of his predecessor, said that it is important to continue to have economic cooperation with Nigeria.

The 53 year old Ghanaian president said that Nigeria and Ghana have a lot in common having and that it is important to share experience in so many areas including the security of the West African sub region.

Addressing State House correspondents after the meeting, Mahama said that they discussed bilateral issues and security in the sub-region.

“As you know, Nigeria and Ghana are close and we are bound together by historical links; we are two people yet one and the same.

“We experienced the same colonialism, we have the same culture and eat similar foods; we have to continue to discuss how we can strengthen our bilateral cooperation.’’

Mahama said that although he knew Jonathan very well before now “it is important that I come to pay my respect to him’’.

“We discussed security issues and how to make sure that the West African sub-region is safe, so that we can continue to pursue our integration and economic cooperation.’’

The Ghanaian president said that he also used the opportunity of the visit to thank Jonathan for taking time out to attend the funeral of Attah-Mills, his predecessor.

“We expressed our sincere appreciation to him for the solidarity that he showed us and the solidarity the people of Nigeria showed us.

“I want to thank President Jonathan for his hospitality since we arrived this afternoon.’’