President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was given a one-of-its-kind welcome when he arrived Lome, the capital of Togo on Tuesday, 2nd May, 2017, on a three-day visit of the West African country. Nana Addo’s Togo visit marks the beginning of his tour of neighbouring West African countries as Ghana’s president.
On arriving Lome, President Nana Addo who traveled from Accra by road, was received by hundreds of Togo residents including Ghanaians who lined up in anticipation along the road leading into the capital city from the Afloa border. The Togolese President, His Excellency Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé also joined in the heartwarming reception amidst loud cheers and waving of hands and flags from his people as they moved to the Presidential villa.
Earlier reports on Tuesday had it that Nana Addo’s Togo visit is aimed at holding talks with the country’s president on the issue of pollution of water bodies in Ghana by illegal mining activities. The reports also said that President Nana Addo will proceed from Togo to Ivory Coast and then to Cameroon for the same purpose. See: President Akufo-Addo Visits W/African Countries over Illegal Mining.
However, latest reports from the Ghana Presidency reveal that Akufo-Addo’s trip to West African countries is aimed at acquainting himself with his fellow African leaders as the new Ghanaian president. He is also expected to use the opportunity to explore and strengthen bilateral relations with them, as well as reiterate Ghana’s full commitment to the ECOWAS and its goals. The recent report also say that the President will move on to Burkina Faso from Togo, instead of Ivory Coast and Cameroon, as earlier reported.
Nana Addo’s Togo visit is a 3-day official trip. The first day being Tuesday, May 2, saw the Ghanaian President received by his Togolese counterpart at the Togo Presidential Palace.
On the second day being Wednesday, May 3, President Akufo-Addo visit the Noepe border post in the company of President Gnassingbé, The duo will later proceed to the Presidential Palace to hold bilateral talks.
A working ministerial session of Ghanaian and Togolese delegations will also take place at the palace same day. The Ghanaian delegation comprises the Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Boatchway; Trade and Industry Minister, Hon. Alan Kyerematen; National Security Minister, Hon. Albert Kan Dapaah; Interior Minister, Hon. Ambrose Dery; Defence Minister, Hon. Dominic Nitiwul and Sanitation and Water Resources Minister, Hon. Kofi Adda, who all formed part of Nana Addo’s entourage.
President Akufo-Addo will subsequently tour the harbour at Lome, before interacting with the Ghanaian community resident in Togo. Later in the evening, a state dinner hosted by the Togolese President will be held in honour of the Ghanaian President. Then on Thursday morning, Nana Addo will leave Togo for Ouagadougou, to begin a two-day visit to Burkina Faso.
Below is a streaming of more photos from the rousing reception given to President Akufo-Addo on his arrival in Togo.