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Call for ECOWAS security reforms

07 October 2013, 07:30Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman, has called for reforms of security sector in the region to strengthen democratic governance and human security.

She said these were vital elements for the achievement of sustainable development.

Hussaini said this at a two-day Consultative Workshop for the Review of the Draft ECOWAS Regional Framework on Security Sector Reform and Governance recently.

The Commissioner said the reforms had become imperative to enable ECOWAS fulfil its role of assisting member states prevent, anticipate, prepare and respond better and faster to issues that could challenge security and stability of the region.

“Developing the Policy framework is timely given that the region is facing many political, security and humanitarian challenges resulting from internal conflicts as exemplified in Mali and Guinea Bissau,” she said.

She listed ECOWAS’ key regional security instruments to include the 1999 Protocol relating to the Mechanism for Conflict Prevention, Management, Resolution, Peace keeping and Security, the Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance and the Supplementary Act and the Code of Conduct  for the Armed Forces and Security Services.

She noted that these instruments sought to “underscore security as a subject that is not the exclusive preserve of the military and the political class, but also involves the participation of the civil society and other stakeholders as important partners in the process.”

According to the Commissioner, the policy framework being developed sought to clarify what security meant in the West African context.

- CAJ News


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