As part of efforts to ensure the growth and development of the sub-region, an organization known as the West Africa Peoples Organization (WAPO) has been established to build a new West Africa with the people and for the people.
WAPO has been assigned the task of championing the development of the sub-region through democratic means.
The West Africa that WAPO has been tasked to champion is also not to compromise on the equality of all citizens and the organization is also to achieve this within a peaceful environment.
This was the outcome of a conference held between 8th to 11th December, 2022 in the Central Regional town of Winneba, themed “West Africa People for a New World”.
The conference was attended by 100 delegates drawn from organized labour, farmers, women’s movements, youth and cultural organizations, Pan Africanist formations, political parties and the broad anti-imperialist and progressive movements across West Africa.
A communiqué issued to announce the establishment said the delegates “engaged in intense historical discussion of the situation of West Africa” and “considered our independent history prior to the arrival of European capitalism on our shores.”
“We considered the main frameworks of exploitation of the region – slavery, colonialism, and neo-colonialism – that an increasingly globalized capitalism has imposed on our development and the lasting political, socio-economic, and cultural problems this has generated for our society,” the statement further indicated.
The statement was issued by the Secretary General of WAPO Kafui Kan-Senaya who states that the “West Africa Peoples Organisation (WAPO) is foremost an anti-imperialist network that promotes regional unity across West Africa.”
“The ultimate aim of WAPO is to mobilize the working peoples of West Africa to end poverty, inequality, corruption, discrimination, backwardness and violence inflicted on the region by five centuries of colonialist and imperialist domination. Other objectives include uniting our struggles across borders, providing unalloyed solidarity to the working class and confronting imperialists and colonial forces as one,” the statement clarified.
The statement said WAPO will focus on the promotion of anti-imperialism and Pan-Africanism across West Africa while working alongside other organisations “in a multi-faceted African and global struggle against imperialism.”
“It will also strive to end wasteful competition and profit accumulation by foreign and local capitalist elites,” the statement concluded.