Abuja - ECOWAS said on Monday in Abuja
that it plans to organise a stakeholders meeting aimed at addressing terrorism
challenges facing the region.
Prof. Abdoulaye Maga, ECOWAS Director of Education, Culture,
Science and Technology said this during an interview.
He said the meeting with a theme "ECOWAS education for
peace through inter religious dialogue’’ is scheduled for October in Niger
He stated that the forum was crucial in ensuring a lasting
peace in the region.
According him, the forum became necessary in view of the
continued dangers posed by terrorists to the socio economic wellbeing of the
West African and beyond.
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He said the forum would further identify aspects of ensuring
peace through adequate sensitisation of the people and inter religious dialogue
among faith groups.
He said the sensitisation programmes would target secondary
and tertiary schools in the region.
“The sensitisation will start with students in schools as
stakeholders because they are the future leaders.
“It will also be extended to religious groups, traditional
leaders, governments at various levels to brainstorm to see ways of ensuring
peace in our communities,’’ he said.
Some of the African countries that have experienced
significant levels of terrorists’ activities include Mali, Nigeria, Niger,
Uganda, Cameroun, Kenya, Somalia and Algeria.