ECOWAS: 'How to ensure greater stability in West Africa'

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Stakeholders of the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework (ECPF) have agreed that taking full ownership of the project is one major way of ensuring greater stability of the West African region.

The agreement was one of the decisions reached at the end of the mid-term review and internal steering committee meeting of the implementation of the ECPF in Abuja recently, according to an ECOWAS Commission statement obtained by PANA here Tuesday.

The stakeholders comprising facilitators from the various Directorates of ECOWAS, their ECPF focal points and ECOWAS Development Partners, submitted that there would also be less human rights abuses in the region if the tenets of the ECPF is adhered to in the management of conflict.

The ECPF has the objective of providing an avenue for operationalizing efforts aimed at conflict prevention in ECOWAS member states.

On the issue of emerging threats to security in the region, focal points Identified Guinea Bissau, Nigeria, Mali and Burkina Faso as member countries of concern.  

Stakeholders also urged that greater clarity be brought to bear on and more attention given to the issues of supra-nationality and national constitution, statelessness, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

A Nigerian case in point was given where there are now said to be about two million IDPs and 250,000 refugees owing to the terrorist activities of the insurgent group Boko Haram

The meeting also reviewed the European Union (EU)-ECOWAS Peace, Security and Stability (PSS) project with the mandate backed by the 10th Europe and Development Fund (EDF).

The ECPF was adopted by the ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council (MSC) in January 2008 to provide a framework for operationalizing efforts geared at preventing conflicts in ECOWAS member states.  

Its mandate is also to mainstream conflict prevention into ECOWAS policies and programmes while seeking to strengthen regional capacities and tools for preventing violent conflicts.
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18 august 2015 11:56:31

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