Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has commended the Economic Community of West Africa Sates, Ecowas, for its role in the prevention of crisis in the sub-region and said that a regional approach to the resolution of Ecowas problems especially with the advent of the new threat of terrorism is important.
Vice President Boakai said Ecowas has been forthcoming in many ways including the intervention of the regional body in crisis in Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso and the Ivory Coast among others, something that has brought peace and stability to the region.
Vice President Boakai was speaking Tuesday on Capitol Hill when he received Mr. Valdemar Vrey, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General for Rule of Law during a courtesy visit. He spoke of the importance of putting an early warning system into place to prevent the happening of crisis in the region, a release from the Office of the Vice President said.
“An early warning is a major element of disaster risk reduction; it prevents loss of life and reduces the economic and material impact of disasters and to be effective, the system need to actively involve the communities at risk, facilitate public education and awareness of risks, effectively disseminate alerts, and warnings and ensure there is a constant state of preparedness.”
Earlier, the new Deputy SRSG said he has had a positive experience in Liberia since his arrival in the Country and hailed the Vice President for his support towards the establishment of the early warning system in Liberia, the release added.