Former President John Dramani Mahama

Former President John Mahama has called for an urgent meeting of the Authority of Heads of State and governments of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), said they should discuss and take decisions on a sub-regional response to the growing Covid-19 pandemic across the West African Region. 

He was speaking during a Friday Muslim prayer service to end three days of prayer and fasting called by the opposition party.

The former Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State argued that the meeting of the sub-regional leaders is important and urgent to help in curbing the spread of the disease across the neighbouring countries. 

“It is important for the ECOWAS to arrange an urgent teleconference of our Heads of State to coordinate a subregion-wide response to the COVID-19 disease. This might include restriction of movement between our countries”, he noted. 

The prayer service, attended by the National Chief Iman Sheikh Nuhu Sharabutu, head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission in Ghana Maulvi Mohammed Bin Salih, head of the Ahl-Sunnah al- Jamaat Sheikh Umar Ibrahim and other Muslim leaders followed a Christian service held on Sunday.

The NDC declared the three days of fasting and prayers to seek God’s intervention in the wake of the outbreak of the coronavirus in the country. 

Mr Mahama also urged government to, as a matter of urgency, strengthen public health management procedures, and provide the needed resources and logistics for managing the pandemic. 

This, he said, is critical if “frontline healthcare workers are to have the confidence to continue to battle the disease.”

“As has been outlined by our COVID Technical Team in its engagements, in addition to a concerted effort to provide regular, accurate and timely information, government must work extra hard to ensure the implementation of adequate community mitigation measures”, Mr Mahama added.