The African Union (AU) Commissioner for Well being, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Growth, Ambassador Minata Samate Cessouma, has urged Ghana to ratify the AU protocol of free motion of individuals.
She mentioned because the adoption of the protocol in 2018, solely 4 international locations particularly; Rwanda, Niger, Mali and Sao Tome and Principe had ratified.
At a press briefing on the Ministry of Overseas Affairs and Regional Integration in Accra on Friday as the tip of her two-day go to to Ghana, Ms Cessouma mentioned it was essential to have first rate commerce inside West Africa and the continent at giant however mentioned “there cannot be free commerce with out free motion.”
She mentioned Ghana along with 32 different African international locations had been signatories to the protocol however was but to ratify it, including that it was essential to have each free commerce and motion of individuals inside the sub area.
She acknowledged the function of Ghana in guaranteeing the upkeep of peace, safety and stability inside its borders, and the sub area, including that there was the necessity for regional cooperation as a way to commerce and transfer freely.
“We’re right here to plead with Ghana to take up its function as a number one nation in West Africa by exhibiting the instance by ratifying this protocol and in addition to indicate the benefit of getting free motion,” Ms Cessouma added.
She mentioned Ghana was the primary nation she had visited to advocate the ratification of free motion of individuals as a result of Ghana was on the forefront of combating for peace, stability for regional integration, including that “I need Ghana to be the chief for ratification of this protocol in West Africa and Africa as a complete.”
She mentioned the sub area was confronted with challenges equivalent to safety and terrorism however with the ratification of the protocol of motion of individuals, African in international locations confronted with challenges may simply be moved to security.
Ms Cessouma mentioned her outfit was working with the Worldwide Organisation for Migration (IOM) to deal with the challenges of migration, and assist the youth to remain of their respective international locations to assist develop them.