AU summit ends with calls for conflict prevention

Godwin Ukaa, Abuja.

Nigeria's Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the AU summit in Addis Ababa

Africa has been called upon to give priority to conflict prevention.

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, AUC, Mr Moussa Faki Mahamat stated this at the end of the 29th Ordinary Session of the Summit of the African Union, AU, on Tuesday in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital.

He made the call while briefing journalists after the summit. Mr Mahamat used the occasion to charge the regional groupings and mechanisms to intensify their actions, in close cooperation with the relevant bodies of the African Union.

The AUC Chairperson, Mr Moussa Faki Mahamat said that Africa would continue to do its best to continue the ‘Silence the Guns by 2020’ programme, and speak with one voice on major peace and security issues, especially through agreed common positions.

In its decisions, the Assembly agreed to expedite the reform process, taking into account the inputs received from member States.

Meanwhile, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, who is the leader of the reform team, presented a report to his fellow Heads of State and Government at the summit.

On the theme of the year 2017: “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth,” strong commitments were made to promote the youths in Africa.

The summit also discussed migration and employment. In this regard, a presentation was made by President Idris Deby Itno of Chad, who is the Leader on the AU theme of the year.

He updated the summit on the various initiatives undertaken across the continent in line with the theme.

The 29th Ordinary Session of the Summit of the African Union, AU, which started on the 27th of June with Ministerial meetings, came to an end after various statutory organs of the Union met to get status updated and make decisions on issues of importance to the continent.

During the closing ceremony, two Commissioners of the AUC were sworn into office. They are Ms. Agbor Sarah Mbi Enow Anyang of Cameroun who was elected to the post of Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology and Mr Victor Harison of Madagascar who was elected as Commissioner for Economic Affairs.

In addition, three other members were elected to the African Union Advisory Board on Corruption and another four were elected as members of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights.

Liberia’s President Ms. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf gave her final address to the African Union Assembly, before her country proceeds to elections to elect a new Head of State. She thanked the African Union for its support in the fight against Ebola.

“In challenging times when we were faced with the Ebola virus, the solidarity of the African Union was phenomenal”, she said.

She highlighted the role played by the 855 African health workers from various African nations who went to provide support in the three affected countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

 

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