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Buhari leaves for Ghana ahead ECOWAS Mid-year Summit

By News Desk

President Muhammadu Buhari has concluded plans to leave the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja for Accra in Ghana, on a one-day official visit to attend 59th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government holding in the country.

The president, who would depart Abuja on Saturday (tomorrow) would joined other Heads of State of Government of ECOWAS for the mid-year statutory meeting of the regional bloc, with the exception of Mali, which was recently suspended from the group.

As stated, former President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria who doubled as ECOWAS Special Envoy and Mediator to Mali, was expected to present a report on his latest working visit to the West African country to the Summit of the Heads of State.

Confirming the president’s travelling plans through a statement on Friday, Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said that the Heads of State and Government would also receive a report on ECOWAS institutional reforms, single currency programmes and a memorandum on the proposed mechanism of rotation of ECOWAS Member States’ candidature to the Chairmanship of the African Union and that a communiqué would be issued at the end of the summit.

According to him, the 59th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government was preceded by the 46th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council (MSC) at the Ministerial Level and the 86th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers, in Accra, Ghana.

“The MSC, comprising of Ministers responsible for defence and foreign affairs from ECOWAS Member States, considered the security situation in the ECOWAS Region, among other topical issues on the agenda while the 86th Ordinary Session considered a memorandum on the post Covid-19 industry recovery plan, the 2021 mid-term report of the President of the ECOWAS Commission and the ongoing institutional reforms at ECOWAS, among others,” the statement said.

Shehu said that president Buhari would be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema, Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada, Minister of Defence, Maj. General Bashir Magashi (Rtd), Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed.

He listed others on the president’s entourage to include the National Security Adviser, Maj. General Babagana Monguno (Rtd), Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ahmed Rufa’i Abubakar, adding that the president was expected back in Abuja at the end of the summit.

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