Ghana’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey on Friday reminded Africans of the need to constantly fight against corruption and impunity if they are to place themselves on a sustainable path to a prosperous and peaceful Africa.
Speaking at a flag-raising ceremony to mark the Africa Day in Accra, Botchwey said as stakeholders in the future of Africa, it is important for the citizens to utilize the opportunity offered by the event to reflect on the past and take stock of the achievements as well as failures of the AU.
Formed in 1963 to promote solidarity among African nations, improve the quality of life for Africans, eradicate colonialism in all its forms, the African Union came into being at a significant historic moment for the continent, especially in an era when a number of the countries were still under colonial rule.
It has become a symbol of the common heritage and identity of Africans in their collective quest for unity, prosperity and development.
The year 2018 has been declared as the African Year of Anti-Corruption.
Botchwey called on African governments to ratify expeditiously flagship AU programs and projects such as the African passport and the free movement of people and the continental free trade area (CFTA) to facilitate the implementation thereof, and to foster holistic integration and unity in Africa.
“As a palpable evidence of our commitment to this cause, Ghana deposited the instrument of ratification to the CFTA at the AU Commission on 11th May, 2018, together with Kenya, to become the first members of the African Union to do so,” she said.
The acting dean of the African diplomatic corps Ehui-Koutoua Bernard, who is also the Ivorian Ambassador to Ghana, also urged member states not to relent in the war against corruption. Enditem