ECOWAS defence chiefs meet in Dakar over terrorism
The Acting Director, Defence Information, Col. Rabe Abubakar, said in a statement on Thursday that the 35th edition of the ordinary meeting of the security chiefs would focus on the security challenges in the sub region.
He said the Nigerian delegation led by the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, would exploit the opportunity of the meeting to brief the body on the Boko Haram insurgency and the efforts of the Nigerian military and the member-countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission to fight the insurgents.
Abubakar said that the CDS and the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, would present papers to the sub regional body on the Boko Haram insurgency and Maritime Security respectively.
The Acting Defence Spokesman added that the meeting would discuss the new structures of the ECOWAS standby Force, Peace Support Operations Division, the ECOWAS Mission in Guinea Bissau and the Exit Strategy and the implementation of the Defence and Security Reform Programme in the West African state.
He said, â€œIn continuation of the multinational approach to end security-related challenges within the ECOWAS, the 35th edition of ordinary meeting of the Chiefs of Defence Staff is ongoing in Dakar, Senegal.
â€œThe Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, is leading the Nigerian delegaion to the meeting.
â€œThe meeting is deliberating on new structures of the ECOWAS Standby Force and the Peace Support Operations Division. Other areas of discussion include ECOWAS Mission in Guinea Bissau, Exit Strategy and the implementation of the Defence and Security Sector Reform Programme in Guinea Bissau.
â€œThe Nigerian delegates are using the occasion to brief the wider regional body about the Boko Haram insurgency and the efforts the Nigerian Armed Forces and the Lake Chad Basin Commission member-countries are putting in place to end Boko Haramâ€™s terroristsâ€™ activities in the region.â€
The CDS had held a similar meeting in Bamako, Mali, where issues of regional security and the activities of terrorists in the sub region formed the agenda.
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