Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Acceleration of the ongoing restructuring exercise in the African Union (AU) Commission is the priority task that the Union's new chair has set for himself.
Assuming the chair of the AU Assembly here Tuesday, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo stated that he wants to bring the Commission's reorganisation to a speedy conclusion in order to enhance its service delivery capacity.
Starting its third ordinary session, the Assembly unanimously elected Obasanjo to succeed Mozambican President Joaquim Alberto Chissano at the helm of the AU for one year.
The Nigerian leader recalled that the fundamental objective of the AU was essentially to speed up the creation of the African Economic Community for rapid socio-economic integration of the continent.
"I believe that the Vision, Mission and the Strategic Plan of Action as espoused by the Commission should provide the right impetus to re-energise our collective drive towards the attainment of these goals," Obasanjo said.
Nigeria, which has been bulwark against conflicts in many parts of Africa is now more determined to wield its might on trouble spots.
Though it would count on the support of the AU members to take action, Obasanjo declared that his country intends to confront headlong the conflict situations in Africa "with renewed vigour and determination.
" Nigeria would also "work strenuously" to ensure that Africa remains firmly on the agenda of the G8 industrialised nations, the European Union and other partners in order to accelerate the socio-economic development of the continent.
Obasanjo further pledged to bring to the fore Africa's belief in effective multilateralism as the best option to handle issues of peace and collective security arrangement as enshrined in the United Nations Charter.