Wednesday, October 10, 2018

AU Urged To Deal With Countries Not Helping Continent To Realise Dream

8:18:00 PM

The Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of Parliament and MP for Nsawam/Adoagyiri constituency Hon Frank Annoh-Dompreh has called on the African Union (AU) to take action against member countries which are not making effort towards the realisation of the Continent's dream.

He said "mere signing of protocols without concrete steps to implement such protocols will not support the continent." He therefore urged the AU to reprimand leaders on the continent who are not performing well.

Hon Frank Annoh-Dompreh made the comments at a meeting of ECOWAS member states and Secretariates and the East Africa Commission (EAC) in Dakar Senegal on the popularisation of the free movement protocol.

He said "the free movement of persons and less visa restriction agreed upon by AU with 2018 as the deadline cannot be met".

"However countries like Mauritania, Ghana and Senegal among others have demonstrated goodwill by passing laws that allow 90-day stay in their countries for people without visas," he stated.

Hon Frank Annoh- Dompreh also noted that flight cost within the West Africa subregion is often more expensive than travelling outside the continent and described the situation as totally unacceptable. He therefore emphasised the need for immediate steps to be taken to address the high flight cost within the continent.

"The world will not wait for us. We must give meaning to the visions of our forefathers and thankfully we have hind sight benefits and there is no need to reinvent the wheel," Hon Annoh- Dompreh stated.

Representatives of ECOWAS and EAC supported Hon Frank Annoh - Dompreh's call for the AU to zero in on countries which are not respecting the principles of reciprocity. They further urged African Parliaments to quickly ratify the protocol before the end of the year .

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