West African leaders have at the close of the Forty-Fourth Ordinary Session of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government in Yamoussoukro elected Ghanaian President HE John Dramani Mahama Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State for a one year term.
The ECOWAS leaders’ decision was contained in the final communiqué read last Saturday at the close of the two-day summit.
The Sub regional leaders commended outgone Chairman, Ivorian President, Alassane Quattara under whose leadership major achievements were recorded. They also expressed deep gratitude for Mr. Quattara’s “significant contribution to the deepening of the integrated process and the consolidation of peace and security in West Africa”
In his acceptance speech, the new ECOWAS Chairman said he was fully honoured and deeply humbled by the great sense of responsibility. He commended outgoing Chairman President Quattara for his great achievement in his remarkable dealings with political crises in the sub region.
President Mahama said among other challenges, he will focus on three key issues, including peace and security noting that continued stability would accelerate sub regional economic development. In view of that he vowed to assist Nigeria and other countries that are grappling with extremist activities in the sub region.
The new ECOWAS Chairman also promised to work with his colleagues to ensure what he called: “collective prosperity”
The third area, he said would be “development expansion”, maintaining that energy security was pivotal to the economic growth in the sub region.
Meanwhile, the sub regional leaders agreed that the next summit would be held in Abuja, Nigeria at a time to be agreed after consultations.