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Africa Is Following Process Of Democracy - President Mills 10/9/2011

African countries with one accord can rise above the challenges of the Continent, and make it a showpiece to the rest of the world, President John Evans Atta Mills said yesterday.

He said the successful conduct of the democratic election across the countries of the Continent is evidence that it is following the path of democracy, and gave an assurance that Ghana will maintain the standards of free, fair and transparent elections in 2012.
Proposing a toast at a state dinner in Accra in honour of Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, President of Nigeria, President Mills stressed the need for credible elections as a signal to dispel any doubt that Africans want to take their destiny in their own hands.

The Nigerian President, who arrivedyesterday evening, is on a two-day state visit to Ghana on the last leg of a three-nation African tour that has already taken him to Rwanda and Ethiopia.

The visit to Ghana is his first since he took office last year.

President Mills commended his Nigerian counterpart on his assumption of the high office and on his position as the Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) sub-regional group.

President Mills traced the historical, cultural and social links between Ghana and Nigeria, and noted that there is a lot that the two nations share in common.

That he said requires that there must be common solutions to address challenges that confront the two nations.

“The challenges confronting us are not insurmountable; with the right co-operation we should be able to overcome these challenges,” President Mills said.

He noted with joy that the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), as part of it Golden Jubilee celebration, would be conferring an honorary doctorate degree on President Jonathan during the visit.

President Mills, a former university don, commended President Jonathan, who shares a similar background, for transcending academia into politics successfully, saying “academia cannot be left out of politics entirely.”

President Jonathan, in response to the toast was appreciative of the full military honours on his arrival and the state banquet, and congratulated President Mills for getting the nod for the second term from the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) to lead the party in Ghana’s 2012 general elections.

With a feeling of nostalgia of having Ghanaian kin, friends and lecturers, President Jonathan observed that there are closer ties between the two nations than with those that they share boundaries because of the distinct historical and political affinities.

He paid tribute to the first President of Ghana, Dr Kwame Nkrumah for his role in Ghana’s independence and the African emancipation process.

He emphasised greater West African integration and more intra West African trade to create enlarged markets, and more investment for mutual benefits of West African states.

The two leaders will go into bilateral discussions today.

The President of Nigeria is expected also to lay a wreath at the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum as part of the itinerary. He leaves for Abuja later in the day.

Source: GNA

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