PRESIDENT John Mahama, Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will, next week, convene the 47th Ordinary Session of the sub-regional bloc in Accra.
A statement from the Flagstaff House Communications Bureau on the impending summit, stopped short at giving details of the meeting, but it is believed that it will centre on issues of common interest and security challenges bedeviling the sub-region.
The summit is expected to attract leaders of the sub-regional bloc such as Presidents Thomas Yayi Boni of Benin, Faure Gnassingbe of Togo, Allasane Outtara of La Cote d’Ivoire, Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, Alpha Conde of Guinea, Niger’s Mammadou Issifou, Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Sierra Leone’s Ernest Bai Koroma, and a host of other leaders or their representatives.
Next week’s event, is the fifth time that President Mahama is hosting an ECOWAS summit in Accra since assuming the Chair of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government at Yamoussoukro, La Cote d’Ivoire in 2014.
The Accra meetings, it is recalled, have been dominated by the integration agenda, reconstruction efforts for post-conflict Guinea Bissau, the Ebola scourge, challenges associated with terrorism such as the Boko Haram threat to parts of Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon, the impasse that occurred in Burkina Faso, and the Malian crisis.
The impending meeting might consider updates on the dwindling Ebola menace, a review of the security situation in parts of Nigeria vis avis the planned deployment of the 7,000-strong Multi-National Joint Task Force, and other matters.
By Samuel Nuamah