Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama and his Chadian counterpart, Idriss D?by Itno, have agreed to join the West and Central African summit of heads of state and government in April to discuss the ongoing fight against Boko Haram, the Flagstaff House said in a release on Thursday.
The meeting, which will be held in Central Africa on April 8, 2015, will also discuss the operations of the Multinational Joint Task Force recommended by a Summit of the Economic Community of Central Africa States (ECCAS).
Speaking to the press at the end of a one-day working visit to Ghana by President D?by, who is the Chairperson of ECCAS, President Mahama indicated that the collaboration between member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) with their counterparts in Central Africa was critical to enhancing the peace and security desired on the continent.
A communiqu? issued at the end of the meeting also noted that the April Summit will be preceded by a meeting of a Committee of Experts on March 21 and a Ministerial meeting two days later.
The communiqu? also called for the total support and understanding of the international community towards the activities of the Multinational Joint Task Force in the Lake Chad Basin.
It urged all member-states of ECOWAS and ECCAS to reinforce surveillance in their respective territories sensitize their nationals, reduce risks of infiltrations of Boko Haram members inside their national borders, and work to eradicate supplies network of the insurgents.
President Derby thanked President Mahama for the warm reception accorded him and further called for an avenue to be created for discussions to further deepen the relationship between the two countries.
Chad is one of the five African nations tasked by the African Union to lead the fight against Boko Haram’s insurgency in Nigeria and other parts of Central and West Africa.
The others are Cameroun, Republic of Niger, Republic of Benin and Nigeria which have made some successes against the Islamic militants since the AU order. Enditem