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ECOWAS worried over worsening security situation

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Wednesday said the spate of terrorism remains major threat to regional security and economic development of…

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Wednesday said the spate of terrorism remains major threat to regional security and economic development of the region.

The President of the commission, Alain De Souza who was represented by his vice, Edward Singhatey, made this known at the Commission’s ‘State of the Community Report’ session at the ECOWAS Parliament.

He said the resurgence of terrorist attacks in Mali and Niger, continuing terrorist attacks in northern Nigeria and continuing political crisis in Guinea Bissau and Togo might impede the actualization of vision 2020 seeking to make ECOWAS a prosperous and integrated region if not tackled headlong.

"The spate of terrorism remains the most significant threat to regional security. Sporadic terrorist attacks on defence and security forces as well as civilian population have occurred in Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and Nigeria. This led to the displacement of populations from the areas concerned, especially in northern Nigeria and causes food insecurity for these population”, he said.

Reaffirming the nexus between security and job creation, Singhatey urged member states to pay more attention to youth employment and inclusive growth in the region.

He commended the commission for its timely response to crisis which has resulted in relative peace and stability in warring regions. 

"Resolution of The Gambia crisis, end of the transition process in Guinea Bissau and the joint military operations between Mali, Burkina and the operation Barkhane Force complemented regional coordination measures in the fight against terrorism and are expected to improve the security environment in the Sahel and the region in general", he said.
 

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