By Bridgett Milton
House Speaker Bhofal Chambers has underscored the need for a sustained security structure among West African countries to combat terrorism.
According to him, the move when implemented by West African leaders will end the increased level of coups in the region.
Speaker Chambers made the remarks in an interview with journalists at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) upon his arrival from the International Round Table Conference at the weekend.
The conference according to Speaker Chambers was centered on the role of parliament in West Africa in improving various sectors including security.
Speaker Chambers further described military coups in Mali, Burkinafaso, and Guinean as troubling, stressing the need for urgent attention to eradicate the menace.
He also emphasized the need for a collective effort to ensure that West African Countries are self-sufficient in food security.
Addressing participants at the close of the International Roundtable on Parliaments in Security Sector Governance and Reform in West Africa, Mr. Chambers emphasized the critical need for African nations to convene conferences aimed at finding solutions to the challenges facing the continent.
Held in Nigeria, the event was organized by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), a German Political Foundation, in collaboration with the National Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies.
During his speech on Friday, 8 December 2023, Speaker Chambers highlighted the disadvantages faced by the Global South, emphasizing that 30 percent of resources going to Europe originate from Africa.
He noted that it is high time for African nations to collaboratively address their issues through conferences that focus on developing indigenous solutions.
The conference, funded by the German Government as part of the German Development partner system, focused on crucial aspects such as strengthening the rule of law, democracy, and good governance, along with supporting security sector reform in Nigeria and West Africa.
Expressing gratitude to the organizer, Speaker Chambers commended the foundation for its role in facilitating the gathering.
The conference brought together legislators from the West African region to deliberate on the role of parliaments in security sector governance and reform.