Okudzeto Ablakwa Praises President Over Ghana’s Bid

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa

The
ranking member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament, Samuel Okudzeto
Ablakwa, has praised President Akufo-Addo for his patriotic decision to lobby to
host the secretariat of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area in Ghana.

He
said Ghana deserves to have such a secretariat because of its pioneering role
in the formation of the erstwhile Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now the
African Union (AU).

The
MP said the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has decided to
fully support the government in its bid.

According
to him, it was nationalistic on the part of President Akufo-Addo to also invite
the former president, John Mahama to be an emissary to help lobby some of the
heads of state of the member countries to support Ghana’s bid to host the
Africa Continental Free Trade Area.

The
ranking member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament, who is also the
NDC MP for North Tongu, commended the president when he contributed to a motion
in parliament on Thursday to approve the nomination of the New Patriotic Party
(NPP) Member of Parliament for Ablekuma North, Nana Akua Owusu Afriyie, to the
Pan African Parliament in South Africa to represent Ghana.

According
to the North Tongu MP, it is refreshing to also note that a team from the AU
had just visited the country and expressed satisfaction with progress made so
far by the government in its quest to host the secretariat.

“Mr
Speaker, this morning I listened to the BBC news and heard that the 22nd
nation in the AU has just ratified the Africa Continental Free Trade Area and
so we in the minority are solidly behind Ghana’s bid to host the secretariat,”
he said, stressing the hosting of the secretariat would significantly improve
the economic fortunes of the nation.

The ranking member further explained that owing to the Pan African credentials of Ghana, which are unparalled on the continent, all Ghanaians should support government to host the Secretariat of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area.

By Thomas Fosu Jnr



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