Ghana’s contribution to the stability of the African continent over the years has been a good one, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Member of Parliament for North Tongu, has said.

According to him, the formation of the African Union, then Organisation of African Unity (OAU), came up at a meeting among some African leaders held in Accra under the able leadership of Dr Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first president.

From then on, the West African country has played several key roles in the stability of member states.

Speaking in an interview with Chief Jerry Forson, host of Ghana Yensom on Accra 100.5FM on Thursday May 25, a day set aside to celebrate African Union (AU) day, Mr Ablakwa said: “Ghana’s contribution to the development of AU is solid.

“Our first President Kwame Nkrumah played a major role in the independence of most African states.

“Under the able and visionary leadership of Dr Kwame Nkrumah, a meeting among some African countries was held in Accra and that led to the formation of the AU, and so the African Union story cannot be told without the contribution of Ghana. The country played a leading role in the victory over apartheid and victory over colonialism in most member states.”

He added: “But there are still a number of challenges: we have xenophobia, in Somalia we don’t have peace, in South Sudan it is terrible.”