Hon Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah
February 1, 2022

A member of Ghana’s delegation to the fifth Community Parliament, Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah is convinced that the time is now appropriate for ECOWAS to have a standing army to deal with the numerous coups the sub-region is witnessing.

According to him the Authority of Heads of States and Government have already been overtaken by events of coups in the West African sub-region.

“They are left with nothing but to bury their heads in shame; they have not helped issues at all, I do not think they would be able to do things to help the sub-region”.

 Mr. Bedzrah further added that the Heads of States and Government of ECOWAS should not be waiting for issues of coup to happen before they think of assessing the situation. “Look at what is happening between NATO, Russia and Ukraine, the whole of Europe has moved in and the Americans have joined just to avert destruction there”.

Again, he pointed out that Community lawmakers have been agitating for the return of the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) West Africa army and this suggestion was made to the ECOWAS Commissioner of Security to move should there be coup.

He indicated that in the European Union, they have a standing army, why is it that ECOWAS doesn’t have a standing army for countries within the sub-region to contribute their army which should be stationed in Nigeria or somewhere close so that in case they are needed, they can move in, “it is time to re-think this whole business of ECOWAS”, he added.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Ghanamps.com