President challenges colleagues to implement AU decision

President Akufo-Addo addressing the AU summit

President Akufo-Addo addressing the AU summit

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has asked his colleague African leaders to expedite action on policy measures agreed at the just ended 28th Summit of the Africa Union held at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to meet the aspirations of the people.

“If these and other measures are carried out in their letter and spirit, they will, indeed, mean that this has been a landmark summit, one which will have succeeded in rekindling the values of ‘unity, solidarity and cohesion’ that have been the founding values of our continental organisation.

“It will mean that the decision we made, in establishing this union 15 years ago in 2002, to build our union ‘brick by brick’, in President Robert Mugabe’s eloquent phrase, is paying off, and that, sooner rather than later, we will arrive at the goal of realising our vision of an integrated, peaceful and prosperous Africa, speaking with one voice, that has been the dream of successive generations of pan-Africanists,” President Akufo-Addo said.

The President continued: “We have adopted the comprehensive proposals for the reform of our institutions prepared by the respected leader of Rwanda, President Paul Kagame, and his advisory council of experts. If vigorously implemented, these proposals will give a significant and enhanced impetus to the operations of our union.”

The President also commended the union for putting in place a programme for the establishment of a Continental Free Trade Area to enable Africa to become self-reliant.

 

The President also commended the outgoing Chair of the AU, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, for her stewardship and wished her well in her future endeavours.

“Her vision of freedom and prosperity with its bold initiatives for all our peoples, in particular women, who constitute the very backbone of our survival and progress, means that millions of women and men around the continent are, today, holding the torch of women’s social, economic and political empowerment. Nkosazana, ‘wenzekahle’. We wish you well in your future endeavours…. Who knows, you may next year be the second elected female leader on our continent if the South African people and your party so consent,” he said.

 

President Akofu-Addo thanked the union for its contribution in ensuring peaceful and credible 2016 elections.

He also thanked his colleagues “for the big vote of confidence you gave to my country Ghana, not just by the massive endorsement of Ghana’s candidate for Deputy Chair of our Commission, but also for the selection of my compatriot, Prof. Dakoure, as one of the two awardees of this year’s Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award”.

To the new Chair of the AU, Guinean President, Alpha Condé, President Akufo-Addo said “the elements are in place for the successful tenure of office of President Alpha Condé, and we wish him well”.

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