The Economic Community of West African States has expressed confidence in a plan of action that could curb terrorism in Nigeria, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger.
The Chairperson of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers, Shirley Botchwey, made the disclosure while speaking at the 87th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers in Abuja on Thursday.
With Nigeria facing threats from Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists, security conditions in the other West African countries have worsened due to terrorism.
According to The PUNCH, Botchwey is positive that the success of the plan would create the conditions for a thriving region but noted that it lies on working together on the various challenges facing the subregion.
Botchwey argued that the community needed to build resilience and advance regional integration.
Although the new ECOWAS Vision 2050 has been finalized and ready for adoption, Botchwey noted that the vision can be aided by driving the ongoing internal reforms.
“To advance our regional integration agenda and transform the lives of Community citizens, we need to continue to build resilience and enhance our integration programme.
“This is particularly necessary with respect to the following threats: the health crisis of the coronavirus which persists and has completely changed our way of life. With the new variant and the risk of a new wave and several countries closing their borders, we must rely more than ever on our regional solidarity.
“The recurrence of terrorist attacks in the frontline countries of the Sahel (Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, and Nigeria) with its many victims and to which the response at this time is the diligent implementation of our plan of action against terrorism to support and complement national efforts.”
While stating that climate change is a constraint on the regional integration process, Botchwey added that it must undertake an ecological transition to renewable energies and an adapted agricultural policy.