Ghana wants ECOWAS executive secretary post

Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana plans to put up a candidate for the position of executive secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Foreign Minister Hackman Owusu-Agyemang said Friday in Accra.
He said Ghana would present the candidate to a summit of ECOWAS leaders when the position becomes vacant by the end of the year following the end Lansana Kouyate's tenure.
Owusu-Agyemangg was briefing newsmen following a closed-door meeting in Accra between President John Agyekum Kufuor and a special envoy of the Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo.
The envoy, Foreign Minister Alhaji Sule Lamido, was in Accra to seek Ghana's assistance for Gambia's bid for the ECOWAS position.
Owusu-Agyeman said Kufuor, who informed the envoy of Ghana's interest for the same position, rather appealed to Nigeria to lend its support to Ghana.
He said Kufuor and Lamido also discussed several matters of mutual concern to West Africa including facilitation of the proposed West African Gas Pipeline Project.
He said the project is of great concern to Ghana in view of the tremendous impact it would have on the Aboadze Thermal Plant that currently uses oil to produce electricity.
Owusu-Agyemang said the president emphasised the need to strengthen collaboration and cooperation to ensure total security within the sub-region.
The Nigeria foreign minister later pointed out that the role of Ghana and Nigeria in the sub-region "is vital to its socio- economic development and political stability".
"This needs to be strengthened and consolidated through constant interaction at the highest level between the two countries," he emphasised.
He said Obasanjo had intended to seek Ghana's support for the Gambian bid for Anglophone countries to present a common candidate.
Nigeria had thrown support behind Gambia because by tradition it does not contest for the ECOWAS Executive position.

22 june 2001 23:03:00

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