Photos: Akufo-Addo holds first ECOWAS meeting as new chair
President Nana Akufo-Addo has held his first meeting as Chair of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government.
The meeting is to help bring some finality to the deliberations on Mali, where a coup has deposed the country’s embattled leader, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
He was named ECOWAS chairman last week and joins a list of Ghanaian leaders to have headed the sub-regional body.
Jerry Rawlings held the position in 1994 during an impasse of the first Liberian war. Under his chairmanship, the Akosombo Accord and Accra Peace Agreement were signed.
John Kufuor held it twice in 2003 and 2004 while John Mahama also held the position in 2015.
It was only Prof. John Evans Atta Mills who never held the position during his short time as president.
West African leaders gathered in Ghana for a consultative meeting as part of efforts to resolve the Malian governance crisis.
Heads of state in attendance include S.E. Patrice Talon of Benin; Roch Marc Christian Kabore of Burkina Faso; Jorge Carlos Fonseca of Cabo Verde; Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire, Adama Barrow of The Gambia and Alpha Conde of Guinea.
Others are Presidents Maro Sissoco Embalo of Guinea Bissau, George Manneh Weah of Liberia, Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger and Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria.
The rest are Presidents Macky Sall of Senegal, Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone and Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe of Togo and Yemi Osibanjo of Nigeria.
The deposed Malian President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, will not attend the summit, convened by the newly elected Chairman of ECOWAS and President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
However, the military junta in Mali, led by Colonel Assimi Goita, which seized power on August 18, this year, are at the summit.
The Peduase Summit is a family affair, as international bodies and foreign diplomatic/development partners will not attend the meeting, which is President Akufo-Addo’s first assignment as ECOWAS Chairman