The Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has commended the Ghana Armed Forces as well as former President John Mahama and President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for their role in bringing peace to The Gambia. “We have found at last an African Solution to an African problem,” he proudly declared on the floor of Parliament on Wednesday.
He was excited that the sub-regional body ECOWAS did not wait for help from elsewhere but found it expedient to act swiftly. And in that arrangement Ghana played a leading role, he observed, adding that the current president and his predecessor ought to be commended. He said what is more important is that it was a collective African solution that brought the victory in the Gambian situation. The former Deputy Minister of Education in charge of tertiary institutions told the house that he is more concerned about the way forward. According to him, The Gambia is challenged when it comes to its institutions, it has a very weak constitutional arrangement, even the petition that the out-gone President Jammeh tried to put before the court, he struggled to get judges to sit on the case, the MP observed.
He called for a concerted effort from ECOWAS member states to help The Gambia to build its democratic institutions. Mr. Ablakwa’s comment follows a statement by the Minister of Defense Dominic Nitiwul on The Gambia. The sector minister said the Ghanaian soldiers and the ECOWAS troops are safe. The minister also said about 158 out of the 205 Ghanaian troops in The Gambia would be arriving back to Ghana by 21st February.