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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has reaffirmed its supports to countries in the region aimed at tackling security threat issues that are confronting neighboring countries.


Addressing the opening session of the 37th Ordinary Committee of ECOWAS Chiefs of Defense Staffs in Monrovia on Thursday, 7 September, ECOWAS Commissioner on Peace and Security Mrs. Halima Ahmed pledged the regional body’s support to get every member state free of terrorist attacks.

In a collective effort to bring relief to the region, she says ECOWAS is being called upon to discharge various responsibilities for the sustenance of peace, security and stability in the region.

In the midst of the terrorist attacks and political destabilization, she ECOWAS has recommitted itself to contributing and finding solutions to the many challenges that the region has faced.

The COWAS Commissioner praises Liberia’s Defense Chief of Staff Gen. Daniel Ziankahn for playing a critical role in restoring peace to the Gambia. She says the work done by the ECOWAS Chairman of Chief of Defense Staffs Gen. Ziankahn cannot be overemphasized, thanking him on behalf of the august body for his able leadership over the past time.

She notes that the ECOWAS Chiefs of Staffs meeting is taking place in a period when terrorism, arm robbery, knapping, cross border organized crimes and others are still challenging the region. “That is where the COWAS Commission wants to emphasize that there is a need for members to robustly work collaboratively to avoid the spread of these attacks to other countries,” Mrs. Ahmed says.

According to her, the ECOWAS Commission stands prepared to build and strengthen the capacity of member’s defense forces to adequately address crimes and provide humanitarian support to affected countries in the region.

The agenda for the 37th Session of the Ordinary Committee is to address the many challenges that countries in the region are facing. Mrs. Almed commends the the body for the last session held in Togo, acknowledging that their participation will help the region to address the challenges and threats in the region.

It can be recall that Liberia’s Chief of Defense Staff Gen. Ziankahn was appointed at the end of the 36th Ordinary Meeting held in Lomè, Togo, which was convened from November 22-24, 2016. The meeting was climaxed with the colorful transfer of gavel of authority from the outgoing CODS of Senegal, Lieutenant/General Mamadou Sow.

With that authority vested in him, Majo. Gen. Ziankahn chairs quarterly meetings of ECOWAS Chiefs of Defense Staff with the aim of keeping close surveillance on West Africa’s current hot spots. These include Guinea Bissau, Mali and the Lake Chad Basin Countries (Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria and Niger) that are plagued with Boko Haram insurgency.

By Lewis S. Teh–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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