On 5 October, president of Ghana’s forum for national equity (FNE) Prince Bagnaba Mba called on Ecowas member countries to expedite the implementation of their aims and objectives, to improve travelling conditions in the region. Ecowas is the Economic Community of West African States. FNE is a civil society organisation (CSO).
Mba was quoted saying: “There should be – as drafted in their aims and objectives – free movement of people and goods, a common tariff regime, cross-fertilisation of cultural practices and promotion of a better economic life for the people of the region”.
Speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at an interview in Accra, “he expressed regret that – years after the drafting of those aims and objectives – the leaderships of member states were still paying lip-service by constantly protecting individual national interests. He particularly called for the construction of a trans-Ecowas railway line beginning with the Lagos-Cotonou-Lome-Accra line and later extending it to other member countries to facilitate the movement of goods and other services in the region.
“The construction of railway lines will also speed up the rate of development as the haulage of goods and services will not be interrupted by constant breakdowns of vehicles that have characterised our road transport. Mr Mba said although there was an Ecowas parliament in place, their operation was not impacting significantly on the people of the region and appealed to them to consider encouraging effective rapport among member states in terms of trade and transport.”