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The AU-what the people want

The AU-what the people want


Written by DO

Friday, 30 June 2006

The Seventh Banjul AU summit is another landmark in the political development of our continent. The Syrte Declaration signed in Libya to establish the AU was done with a view to accelerate the unification of Africa.

This Declaration was born out of the dedication of the young leadership cadre in Africa who want to ensure the unification of the countries of Africa.

The first extraordinary session for the founding of the AU held in Syrte, Libya, September 1999 and chaired by President Bouteflika of Algeria, which also dissolved the OAU Charter set the stage for the unification of Africa and its people.

Indeed, the contribution of President Jammeh in the drafting and adoption of the Syrte Declaration was one of the most outstanding demonstration of the desire of the young leadership in Africa to make African unity a reality.

What the people of Africa want is simple and can be achieved by the new and young leadership in the African Union. Africans want a United Africa with a Continental Government and Continental Parliament, voted under universal suffrage right across the length and breadth of Africa.

What the people of Africa want is a single African Continental Passport, to be issued by the continental government that will enable and allow the people of Africa to travel freely and to settle freely in any African country. What the people of Africa want is total monetary union, with a single continental wide currency, which is backed up by the African Central Bank and that can be used as a legal tender any where in Africa.

What the people of Africa want is a continental telecommunication umbrella organisation for the whole of Africa. What the people of Africa want is the integration of our postal services as one continental postal service.

What the people of Africa want is a radio and television network of Africa that can be captured by all African countries. What the people of Africa want is to have a pan-African airline that covers the whole of Africa under a single corporate authority.

What the people of Africa want is to see a continent where road and railway network facilities run from Nouakchott to Nairobi and from Cape Town to Cairo. What the people of Africa want is to be allowed to elect the first President of the United States of Africa.

What the people of Africa want is to have a Continental Army under a single high command.The time is ripe to address these issues which are the dreams and hopes of the African People.

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