The capital of Effutu Municipality in the Central region, Winneba is expected to once again play host to about 110 Members of Parliament (MPs) of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Parliament from 15 member countries within the sub-region.
The meeting which is an extraordinary session of the ECOWAS Parliament is expected to take place from 12th to 22nd October 2021.
According to the Leader of the Ghanaian Delegation at the ECOWAS Parliament, Mr. Alexander Kwamena Afenyo-Markin Guinean delegation will not be attending this session as the country is suspended from the regional bloc over recent happenings hence the 15 member countries participating instead of the usual 16 countries.
Addressing the media at a press conference yesterday in Accra, Mr. Afenyo-Markin who doubles as the MP for the area explained that the top of the agenda at this meeting includes a high-level seminar to evaluate two decades of democratic elections in the ECOWAS sub-region.
He announced that the sub-regional parliament will issue a communique after its deliberations.
“What we are going to do is to review everything that we have done as a sub-region for the past 20 years and perhaps come out with a new roadmap aimed at ensuring peace and political stability.” He further explained.
“There is an ordinary session, the last ordinary session, it is going to take place in November. And we need to discuss this, get a communique, put it across, and make sure that the Heads of Authority can know the position of Parliament and same would inform their discourse as we go along.
The situation in West Africa is nothing to be proud of and we all know that even as a country around us if we are not careful we may not be spared. So the interlocking interests are such that we need to review generally what has been happening and look at best practices and get away forward for economic growth and political stability. ECOWAS Parliament will also consider and adopt the draft budget for the year 2021.” The Effutu lawmaker noted.
Business benefits from the ECOWAS meeting for the people of Winneba
Answering a question on the economic benefits people of Efutu and its immediate surroundings, Mr. Afenyo-Markin was quick to explain both the short and long-term benefits to businesses, and the good people of Winneba are enormous especially in the hospitality sector.
“I think that the delocalised meeting was the first major support for those in the hotel business and then, of course, restaurants also had their day with people in town, and it is going to be the same today this time we have about 10 hotels all booked full and I am sure some of you Ghanaian journalists if you decide to come to Winneba and sleep I may have to find you a room because you won’t get a hotel because all hotels are full.”
“Currently as we speak all hotels within the Winneba township have upgraded its facilities to international standard in readiness to receive the ECOWAS MPs who will be arriving for the extraordinary session of the ECOWAS Parliament.
An advanced team has already inspected facilities, and they are happy about what they saw.” The Leader of the Ghanaian Delegation at the ECOWAS Parliament noted.
According to him the municipality and his good self will use the opportunity the extraordinary session of the ECOWAS Parliament present to commission some city beautification projects which were undertaken as part of his constituency developmental initiatives.
The projects to be commissioned include the newly named ‘reconciliation’ roundabout at Winneba junction, Fisherman Square at Akosua Village, and the traffic light intersection’s ‘Unity’ Square. They will also be the opening of an Effutu Heritage Museum which will be handed over to the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Arts and Ghana Tourist Authority.
Mr. Afenyo-Markin has assured of a ‘memorable’ meeting as his constituency prepares to welcome the sub-region with Effutu hospitality.
The choice of Winneba as host of the ECOWAS Parliament extraordinary meeting shortly after hosting a delocalised summit is the first-ever that it has been held outside the capital city of a member country.