BREAKING: GHANA'S PRESIDENT, NANA AKUFO-ADDO EMERGES ECOWAS CHAIRMAN
President of Ghana, Professor Nana Akufo-Addo, has been elected as the new Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
He emerged as the new leader of the regional body by taking over from Niger's President, Mahamadou Issoufou, at the ongoing 57th ECOWAS summit held at Niamey, capital of Niger.
Akufo-Addo is Ghana's Fourth president of the Union with the country occupying the chairmanship position in 1996, 2003, 2015, and 2020.
ECOWAS is a regional, political, and economic union of fifteen countries located in West Africa.
It was established in 1975, and the pioneer chairman was Togo's Gnassingbe Eyedema.
It was formed to promote economic integration across the region.
Nigeria has the highest number of leaders to have being chairman of the Union with six of its leaders having held the Chairmanship position.
On August 19th, 2020, ECOWAS condemned the political crisis in Mali and suspended it from the organisation, and also asked members to close all its borders to the country.