The Northern Regional Minister, Hon. Shani Alhassan Shaibu at an Opening Ceremony of a two-day sensitization workshop, entreated the public to take advantage of the ECOWAS protocols and conventions to drive maximum benefits from the regional integration.
The workshop which centered on ECOWAS protocols and conventions forms part of ECOWAS aims and objectives to promote cooperation and development, harmonize agriculture, economic, monetary, and industrial policies, abolition of trade restrictions and customs duties, the establishment of a common fund, and the implementation of infrastructural schemes among its member states towards the progress and development of the sub-region.
Hon. Shani said, the workshop will therefore, go a long way to increase the knowledge and understanding among key stakeholders on the various protocols and conventions to enable the public appreciate and derive maximum benefits from the regional integration process.
He added that the Government of Ghana under His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is committed to the regional integration process as well as, the implementation of the various protocols and policies to improve the living standards of Ghanaians.
He urged participants to brainstorm and come up with constructive ideas to consolidate the efforts and gains of the government towards improving the economic conditions of the citizenry.
He also implored friends from the media to take advantage of the programme and come out with regional reportage to step up the sensitization drive on their various media outlets both English Language and local dialects to help ensure that no one or group of people are excluded from gaining the understanding of the ECOWAS Protocols and Conventions.
The Executive Director of Media Response, Mr. Samuel Dodoo said, since 2012, Media Response has been at the forefront of promoting public education and awareness on ECOWAS with a view to ensuring that citizens obtain optimum benefits from the Regional Integration Process.
โ€œMedia Response has over the years partnered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Regional Integration to conduct Regional Sensitisation Workshops on ECOWAS Protocols and Conventions for key stakeholders in the sixteen regions of Ghana, targeting Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs), security services, traditional authority, trade associations, cross-border operatives (drivers, traders) civil society, academia, media, students & youth,โ€ he said.
The Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hon. Kwaku Ampratwun-Sarpong in his keynote said, Regional integration is not just an economic issue but a strategy to resolve the widespread conflict and instability in the West African Sub-regions.
โ€œThe Regional Integration was found to be intricately and inextricably woven into the fabric of Peace and Security, other than just an economic issue. With the benefits of history, we have a better understanding of what we hope to achieve in ECOWAS and the imperative of peace, security and stability to that attainment of regional integration,โ€ he stated.
The ECOWAS sensitisation workshops commenced in the Central Regional in October 2020 followed by the Ashanti region in December 2020, Western Region in March 2022, Eastern in April, Volta in May and currently in the Northern Region, Tamale on 2nd June, 2022.
The participants present were; the Traditional Authorities, Heads of various MDAs, Heads of various Security Agencies, Headteachers of Senior High Schools, Various Trade Associations, NGOs, Drivers, Media, and Students.

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