President Akufo-Addo Arrives In Togo To Rousing Welcome

President Akufo-Addo who is on a six-day official visit to neighbouring countries, is currently in Togo. Yesterday he arrived in the Lome, the capital to a rousing welcome from residents.

A press release from the Flag Staff House said President Akufo-Addo, who made the trip by road, was met at the Aflao border by the Togolese President, Faure Gnassingbé, together with hundreds and hundreds of Ghanaians and Togolese who had lined up along the principal streets of Aflao en route to Lome.

The two leaders were joined at the Palace by Togolese politician, Gilchrist Olympio, son of Sylvanus Olympio, Togo’s first President.

President Akufo-Addo’s visit is part of the first phase of his official visit to ECOWAS countries.

The visit according to the statement, will afford him the opportunity to introduce himself, as the new Ghanaian leader, explore and deepen bilateral relations and reiterate Ghana’s full commitment to the ECOWAS project.

Today, Ghana’s President together with Faure Gnassingbé will visit the Noepe border post, before talks at the presidential palace.

The statement said a working ministerial session will also take place simultaneously.

Foreign Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Boatchway, Trade and Industry Minister, Alan Kyerematen; National Security Minister, Albert KanDapaah; Interior Minister, Hon. Ambrose Dery, Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul, Sanitation and Water Resources Minister, Kofi Adda, are among the President’s delegation.

President Akufo-Addo will also visit the harbour at Lome, interact with the Ghanaian community.

The press release said later in the evening a State dinner hosted by the Togolese President will be held in honour of President Akufo-Addo.

The President will depart on Thursday to Ouagadougou for a two-day visit to Burkina Faso.

A earlier statement signed by Communications Director at the Flagstaff House Eugene Arhin said President Akufo Addo will move on to Cote d’Ivoire later in Friday and stay in that country till Sunday May 7.
According to the statement, President Akufo-Addo will, in the remaining days of the month also 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.


Source: Ghana/