Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Regional security experts have urged ECOWAS member states to develop National Security Strategies with developmental objectives where they do not currently exist, in the wake of increasing security threats in West Africa.
The experts made the call at the end of a two-day meeting on the Validation of the ECOWAS Regional Policy Framework on Security Sector Reform and Governance (SSSR/G) in Banjul, The Gambia, over the weekend.
PANA quotes the ECOWAS Commission as saying the participants also advocated “minimal political interference in the professional affairs of the Security Sectors of member states that have already initiated SSRG reforms to align such initiatives with the Regional Policy Framework proposed by ECOWAS once adopted”.
In their 17-point report, they also urged ECOWAS to ''define strategies, priorities, timelines, success indicators or shortcomings on the implementation” of the reforms.
Member states were also called upon to “take into cognisance the need to consistently improve the remunerations/welfare packages of Law Enforcement Agents/Security providers as a prerequisite for effective implementation of SSRG processes as stated in Article 74(a) of the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework of 2008”.
In addition, the experts called for exchange of best practices among member states on Security Sector Reform.
The ECOWAS SSR/G Policy Framework, which has been under development since 2009, has been reviewed by the relevant ECOWAS Directorates and international independent experts and is now expected to be presented to the Mediation and Security Council for endorsement following the review by the Banjul meeting.
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