Osinbajo jets to Accra for ECOWAS summit

Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday departed Lagos for Accra, Ghana to represent Nigeria at the 61st Ordinary Session of the Authority of the Economic Community of West Africa States Heads of State and Government to be held on Sunday.

Osinbajo will represent the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) at the summit and join other leaders to deliberate on political and security issues in the region.

This was contained in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, on Saturday.

The statement partly read, “Prof. Osinbajo, standing in for President Muhammadu Buhari at the summit, will join other leaders to deliberate and take decisions on the political, security and humanitarian issues among others regarding the sub-region at the regular ECOWAS summit.

The meeting will also review the situations in Mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso, particularly towards 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 of the countries in the sub-region.

At the summit tomorrow, the Mediation and Security Council of ECOWAS will update leaders on political developments in the region and in the Sahel region.

The Council will also provide updates on the issues of insecurity, challenges relating to youth unemployment and the impact of diseases and pandemics on social tensions in the region.”

Akande also revealed that on the sidelines of the summit, the VP 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 Program for Infrastructure Development in Africa.

The Vice President who will be accompanied on the trip by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada, and some other members of the Federal Executive Council is expected back in Abuja later on Sunday.

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