President Akufo-Addo has described the fight against terrorism within the sub-region as an expensive one.
In his speech at the 77th UN General Assembly meeting on Wednesday, President Akufo-Addo stated that countries within the West African sub-region were dedicating a large portion of their resources to fighting the increase of terror groups such as Boko Haram. He further explained that these scarce resources should have been channelled to other critical sectors. He, however, edged the world to do more to support countries within the sub-region who are battling terrorism with their limited resources.
“All of us in the region are being forced to spend huge amounts of money on security. This is money we should be spending on educating and giving skills to our young people. This is a global problem deserving the attention of the world community for a global solution. The terrorist pressure has provided a pretext for the unhappy reappearance of military rule in three of the 15 member ECOWAS Community,” he added.
President Akufo-Addo also admonished world leaders also to do more to end the war in Ukraine. According to him, the war has worsened an already difficult global supply chain, which has had a terrible impact on third-world countries such as Ghana.
“Two years ago, our world came to a thundering halt, as we cowered from a health pandemic from an unknown, malicious virus, coupled with a devastating global economic pandemic. High budget deficits were no longer concerns of only developing nations. By 2021, COVID-19 had pushed Africa into the worst recession for half a century. A slump in productivity and revenues, increased pressures on spending and spiralling public debts confronted us without relent,” he submitted