ECOWAS’s current Chairman, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, will step down today as the group of African leaders, among other things, will pick a new Chairman in Accra.
After today’s summit in Accra, President Akufo-second Addo’s straight term comes to a conclusion.
In his opening remarks, Nana Akufo-Addo said he had done his utmost to serve the region during these trying times. The summit is still proceeding.
The sub-regional leaders expressed their gratitude to him for his leadership and collaboration, and he said it was one of the most difficult moments in the body’s history.
After stepping down as ECOWAS chairman, he said he will continue to support the organization.
“I will at the end of this summit conclude my tenure as chairman of this authority. It has been a great privilege for Ghana and myself to have been given the opportunity by you to serve this noble organization for two consecutive terms, particularly at one of the most trying periods of its history.
“I have benefited tremendously from the solidarity of your excellencies in the discharge of this difficult mandate which you have conferred on me, for which I am very grateful. I will continue to play my full part to the best of my ability in the work of the authority,” he said.
Established in 1975, ECOWAS is a regional group for promoting economic integration in all fields of activity of the members.
The 15 members of ECOWAS are Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.