Nigeria: West African police challenged on ECOWAS Vision 2020, African Standby Force

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) -  Gendarmerie and Police authorities in West Africa have been challenged to support the actualization of the ECOWAS Vision 2020 and the realization of the Full Operational Capability of the African Standby Force, of which the ECOWAS Standby Force (ESF) is an integral component.

In a message to the opening ceremony of the regional Police Training Needs Assessment (TNA) Validation and Finalisation of Training Work plan at the ECOWAS Commission’s Abuja headquarters on 26 February, 2015, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadré Desire Ouédraogo, urged police and other security agencies in the region to come up with practical plans and programmes to guarantee the security and safety of Community citizens and thus contribute to the creation of a serene environment for achieving the goals of the ECOWAS Vision.

In the message, delivered by the Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Mrs. Salamatu Husseini Suleiman, the President of the ECOWAS Commission stressed the need to harness the vast knowledge and expertise that abound in the Police and Gendarmerie Institutions, as well as in ECOWAS Training Centres of Excellence, for innovative solutions to myriad problems facing personnel involved in ECOWAS Peacekeeping Missions.

Ouédraogo paid tribute to security agencies of Member States for “the tremendous collective sacrifices” being made towards the realization of the ECOWAS objectives, by providing a secure and peaceful environment for other actors to carry out their important functions.

In his message, Mr. Johannes Knapp, Head of GIZ Support Programme to ECOWAS, expressed satisfaction with the methodology and procedure of the assessment as well as the quality of the output from the analysis as reflected in the findings and recommendations.

Delivered by Ms Phidelia Amey, Adviser on Peace and Security at the GIZ, Knapp also expressed delight at the positive collaboration between ECOWAS and the GIZ.

Closing the meeting, the ECOWAS Director of Peacekeeping and Regional Security, Dr. Cyriaque Agnekethom, congratulated participants for producing a final draft TNA and Training Work plan.
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04 march 2015 16:24:26

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