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A call to pull down regional borders

Apr 30, 2014, 11:03 AM

The new chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has called for dismantling hurdles frustrating free movement among member states.

“We need to push the initiative of the single border crossing point, because our people face a lot of hurdles when they travel from one country to another,” Ghana’s president said.

We learned from a report that the Ghanaian leader said he is happy that the issue was discussed at the two-day summit of the ECOWAS Parliament held in Accra recently.

The summit has been focusing on the issue of “free movement of people and goods in the sub-region.”

To achieve free movement among member states, “we also have to minimise the road checks as much as possible, because the security services often harass citizens going about their normal businesses.”

According to the new chair of ECOWAS, “one of the priorities of the ECOWAS institution is to facilitate trade between our countries in order to create a larger market for all of us.”

"History teaches us that unity is strength, and cautions us to submerge and overcome our differences in the quest for common goals, to strive, with all our combined strength, for the path to true African brotherhood and unity."

Haile Selassie