As military coup in the West African sub-region is becoming the order of the day, Chairman of the Community’s Parliament Committee on Political Affairs, Peace, Security and African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Senator Edwin Melvin Snowe J. believes the election of the Guinea Bissau President as chair of the Authority of Heads of States and Government, he would bring something new on board.
According to him Guinea Bissau is not an easy area, it’s a tough terrain President Umaro Embalo has survived the tough terrain and the attempted coup with the experience gather over the years and what he has done at his own level in terms of security, “that would transcend into the governance of ECOWAS”.
In an interview he noted that, “I am sure we can learn a lot from them (Guinea Bissau) as we are lucky to have countries like, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and Ivory Cost that have rich experience that have agreed and are willing to continue giving its technical know-how and security support to the function of the Community”.
As to how Guinea Bissau emerged as the chair of the Authority of Heads of States and Government, he noted that it is politics and he was privileged to attend the Council of Ministers meeting and follow their debate.
And briefed President of Liberia when he arrived in Ghana to participate in the Summit, he was very supportive of Guinea Bissau chairing ECOWAS and President Umaro Embalo has a small network despite the old order may not have been in support of it.
“It is politics, negotiation, and lobbying and being able to convince your colleagues; and I think in ECOWAS, no country should be seen as small or weak; we should be able to empower member states since we are Community”.
Senator Snowe J. further pointed out that he is happy that, Guinea has emerged as head of Authority of Head of States, whiles Gambia has also taken up the chair of the Commission indicating that it is a new day in the dispensation of our political family; and congratulation to them.