Osinbajo to represent Buhari at ECOWAS heads of State, Governments meeting
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is representing President Muhammadu Buhari, at the 61st Ordinary Session of the Authority of the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, holding today, in Accra, Ghana.
The summit will deliberate and take decisions on political, security, and humanitarian issues among others. It will also review the situations in Mali, Guinea, and Burkina Faso, particularly restoring democratic rule. West African leaders have since 2020 held several sessions, including emergency meetings, dedicated to finding lasting solutions to the resurgence of coups in some countries in the sub-region.
At the summit, the Mediation and Security Council of ECOWAS will update leaders on political developments in the region and the Sahel region.
The council will also provide updates on issues of insecurity, challenges relating to youth unemployment, and the impact of diseases and pandemics on social tensions in the region.
On the sidelines of the summit, Osinbajo will also attend a meeting of the five West African countries involved with “The Abidjan – Lagos Corridor Highway Development Project,” a flagship project of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA). It connects the capitals of five West African states (Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin, and Nigeria) and stretches for approximately 1,028 km.
A release from ECOWAS Commission said that the objective of this $42m project is “to promote cross-border trade, integrate economies within the ECOWAS area, reduce transport costs, stimulate inter-regional trade and strengthen regional integration in West Africa.”
Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, in a statement, yesterday, said that Osinbajo who will be accompanied on the trip by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Zubairu Dada, and some other members of the Federal Executive Council is expected back in Abuja later on Sunday.
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