Posted on November 9, 2014


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Doesn’t look like ECOWAS member Nigeria has any ban in place….

And who knows about Ghana? The ban was first reported in an article entitled Ebola Response Government Bans International Conferences in Ghana for Three Months on the 14th of August.

Here is the wording from the Ghanaian Ministry of Communications:

“Also, the President advised that consistent with the decision of the ECOWAS Commission that all meetings and missions be suspended unless absolutely essential and well-guided, a three (3) month moratorium be placed on all international conferences and international gatherings which have the potential of spreading the Ebola Virus,” Dr. Edward Omane Boama, Communications Minister, told Joy News.

Well, fair enough, numerous events took place in Ghana occurred throughout the three months related to the Ebola crisis. The events involved WHO, UN, MSF, UNMEER personnel hosted by the Government of Ghana. Non Ebola meetings were cancelled, for example a UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization) meeting on African branding and image that was scheduled for Accra in September.

Now I see this article in the Daily Graphic on-line entitled “Ebola Won’t Disrupt Free Movement in West Africa; Leaders Pledge“. I presume freedom of assembly accompanies freedom of movement!

In follow-up to this article above, how about an official announcement in the press from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration on the ban?