President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday begun an official visit to Ghana’s neighbouring countries.
A statement issued by the Flagstaff House said the visits will afford President Akufo-Addo the opportunity to introduce himself, as the new Ghanaian leader, formally to the governments and their citizens.
According to the statement, the visits will also “explore and deepen Ghana’s bilateral relations with the countries. The President will also use the visit to reiterate Ghana’s full commitment to the ECOWAS project. “
President Akufo-Addo, left Ghana on Tuesday morning on the first phase of his tour which will take him Togo today, Wednesday and Thursday May 4, May, 2017. According to the statement, the President will arrive in Burkina Faso on Friday May 4. He will spend two days in that country and move on to Cote d’Ivoire later in Friday May 5 – 7th May, 2017
According to the statement, President Akufo-Addo will, in the remaining days of the month, visit seven other countries, in the 2nd phase which will take him to Nigeria, Senegal, Guinea, Benin, Cape Verde, and, then, finally to Liberia and Sierra Leone.
The President is accompanied by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway MP, and officials of the Presidency and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“President Akufo-Addo is expected back home on Sunday, 7th May, 2017 after the first leg of his ECOWAS tour. In his absence, the Vice President, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, shall, in accordance with Article 60(8) of the Constitution, act in his stead,” the statement signed by Eugene Arhin, director of communications announced.