Internet blackout: Barrow misses key ECOWAS summit

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA:- The Gambian President, Adama Barrow has on Tuesday missed a key ECOWAS summit as a result of internet blackout the West African nation experienced across the country.

Internet users in The Gambia experienced a second total internet shutdown in 30 days lasting for about six hours.

The outage forced the country’s head of state to miss the virtual Extra Ordinary Summit of the Economic Community of West African States [ECOWAS]. The meeting was in preparation for the 34th ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union on the election of the new leadership for the African Union Commission.

The Director of Press and Public Relations at State House, Amie Bojang Sissoho said: “H. E President Adama Barrow could not attend the ECOWAS Extra Ordinary Summit, because of the internet outage nationwide, yesterday. The internet problem occurred about half an hour before the video conference started at 2:00 GMT, and lasted for hours while the Summit was on.”

It could be recalled that the nation faced similar internet blackout exactly a month ago, bringing services that rely on internet to stand still.

At the summit, the leaders unanimously nominated the Republic of Senegal as ECOWAS candidate to chair the African Union for the 2022 – 2023 period.

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