The Chairman of ECOWAS, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has called on West African leaders to end the resurgence of coup d’etats.
At the opening of the ECOWAS summit in Accra, President Akufo-Addo said, “Excellencies, the resurgence of coup d’etats in the region is a matter of grave concern. This evolution challenges the democratic way of life we have chosen and we need to stand firm to protect democracy and freedom in the region. “Let’s address this dangerous trend collectively and decisively before it devastates the whole region.”
Security in the Region
The Regional Bloc, which is grappling with terrorist attacks, insurgency and the COVID-19 pandemic, has experienced three military take-overs in the past 19 months, the latest being January 24, 2022, the coup in Burkina Faso where army officers demanded the sacking of military chiefs and more resources to fight Jihadist, deposed 64-year-old President Roch Marc Christian Kabore.
ECOWAS condemned the coup sternly and had asked the junta to return the country to constitutional rule. But the Burkinabe military authorities indicated that constitutional order would only be restored “when the conditions are right.”
Leaders of the Bloc last Friday held a virtual meeting on the situation in Burkina Faso and upheld the commitment to zero tolerance for the unconstitutional toppling of governments.
ECOWAS, after a virtual meeting, dispatched two missions, one of the ECOWAS Chiefs of Defence Staff, and the other a Joint Ministerial Team to assess the security and political situations in Burkina Faso.
The two missions would present their report to the Authority of Heads of States and Government to enable the body to take a firm decision on the country.
ECOWAS Summit in Accra
A statement signed by Head of Public Affairs of the Police Service, Greater Accra Region Police Command, DSP Juliana Obeng said the affected roads will comprise the Jubilee Lounge (KIA) to Liberation Road at Opeibea and Liberation Road from the Airport traffic light through the Independence Avenue at National Theatre traffic light.
Also, other roads to be affected include Kempinski Hotel to National Theatre road on Independence Avenue through Ako Adjei.
The Police say the roads will be opened immediately after the event is concluded. Motorists were further admonished to take note of the traffic arrangements and comply accordingly.
The police assured that it had made adequate provision for Motor Traffic Police officers to be stationed at vantage points to offer the needed assistance to motorists.