President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who is also the Chair of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has urged member countries to continue their contributions to the one billion United States dollar (US$1 billion) ECOWAS Regional Security Fund (ERSF), created in support of the 2020-2024 Anti-Terrorism Action Plan.
He said raising this money has to be a high priority for members, because it enables the region to act independently in this crisis.
President Akufo-Addo made the appeal during the Virtual Summit 58th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, On Saturday, 23rd January 2021.
“I thank all Member States that are making significant efforts to support our initiatives, in this regard, especially those that have begun to pay their financial contribution to the one billion United States dollar (US$1 billion) ECOWAS Regional Security Fund (ERSF), created in support of the 2020-2024 Anti-Terrorism Action Plan. Raising this money has to be a high priority for us, because it enables us to act independently in this crisis. Your Excellencies will recall that the 2019 Summit created the Fund to cover a five (5) year period, 2020-2024,” he said.
However, Ghanaians have reacted differently to what the president proposed.
Comments from social media show Ghanaians think that money could be used differently to improve the African continent than fight terrorism.
See the reactions from Ghanaians on social media below