Much Ado About Akufo-Addo’s ECOWAS Chairmanship

Akufo-Addo’s ECOWAS Chairmanship Akufo-Addo’s ECOWAS Chairmanship

A fortnight ago, Ghanaians and indeed well-meaning citizens of West Africa, were taken aback, when leaders of the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS), at a meeting in Niamey, elected President Akufo-Addo, as the new Chairman of the Authourity.

His appointment took place at the 57th summit hosted by the outgoing ECOWAS Chairman, President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger at the Mahatma Gandhi International Conference Centre.

It is pertinent to note that, Ghana is less than three months away from holding a crucial election that could decide whether Akufo-Addo continues as the president or not.

As a newspaper, we appreciate the role ECOWAS plays in promoting economic integration in all fields of activity of the 15 member States, however, we believe that in arriving at the decision to elect who chairs the Authourity, internal issues of member States should be considered.

President Akufo-Addo, like his predecessors has a one year mandate, it is therefore, the view of this newspaper that, since he has less than three months left of his tenure, leaders of ECOWAS member States, should have waited for the outcome of the December 7, election before handing over the Authourity to him.

The decision begs the question, what they will do when Akufo-Addo, losses the December election, will president John Dramani Mahama, serve the remainder of his tenure?

ECOWAS, leaders sacrificed public good on the altar of patronage. President Akufo-Addo, since 2017, has been chasing the ECOWAS Chair, as a feather in his cap, it is the reason why in 2017, when he had barely taking office, he hosted the ECOWAS Summit in Accra.

President Akufo-Addo, who is very much aware, is losing the December 7, election wants to accomplish everything, his predecessors accomplished, as though he is in a race with them.

President Akufo-Addo took over from President Mahamadou Issoufou of the Republic of Niger, who steered the activity of the Authority for a year.