Enable “Free” Movement Within the ECOWAS

RUPFA appeals to the ECOWAS to ensure an effective free movement within the sub-region.

Despite the existing Free Movement Protocol within the ECOWAS region that aims to expedite the movement of people and goods, migration within the subregion still remains difficult. 

Mr. Richard Ashaley, the Executive Director of Rural Urban Partnership for Africa (RUPFA) has called on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for a regional integration that ensures an open interstate-border among ECOWAS countries to permit free movement in the sub-region. 

 Mr.  Ashaley made these remarks after his unpleasant experience  traveling by land from Ghana to Cotonou, Benin. He said, “we are calling on the governments of Benin, Togo and Ghana to open their borders for a free flow of commercial cars to ease the work of businesses and drive positive economic change in the member countries”.  

He also made some worrying observations on how women are often mishandled by custom officers on the various international borders.  He revealed that extortion is pervasive on these borders and often, women are the most affected.