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Terrorism: ECOWAS to raise $2.4bn to fund counter-terrorism standby force

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The Financial Group of West African States, ECOWAS, has stated that it’s working to determine a counter-terrorism power to deal with safety threats inside the sub-region.

ECOWAS’ Commissioner of Political Affairs, Peace and Safety, Amb. Abdel-Fatau Musah made this assertion on the opening of a three-day consultative assembly of the commandants of the three designated ECOWAS Coaching Centres of Excellence.

The three centres of excellence are the Nationwide Defence School, Nigeria; the Kofi Annan Worldwide Peacekeeping Coaching Centre, Ghana; and Ecole de Maintien de la Paix Alioune Blondin Beye, Mali.

DAILY POST reviews that the consultative engagement is a bi-annual occasion coordinated by the Directorate of Peacekeeping and Regional Safety of ECOWAS to assist coaching, capability constructing, analysis and growth of the ECOWAS Standby Pressure, and normal peace and safety inside the sub-region.

Musah stated that terrorism was cascading throughout the area and that there was a have to have counter-terrorism forces to comprise its unfold.

“That is the choice, and within the coming weeks, ECOWAS has already, with the Chief of Defence Staffs, developed operational modalities, the idea of operations and all the things else for us to mixture.

“It is going to be one thing like a complicated fast response power of a battalion that can be capable of confront terrorists’ bases,” he stated.

He identified that, as a part of the decision of the authority of heads of state, $2.4 billion could be raised to fund the ECOWAS standby power to deal with the safety challenges headlong.

“The Heads of States have determined that within the first 12 months, we should elevate about $2.4 billion to assist the operation of this power with the intention to face the terrorists,” he added.

Musah stated that out of the quantity, the heads of state have directed member states to contribute one billion {dollars} to begin the operation of the standby power.

He additionally defined that ministers of defence and finance from the sub-region could be assembly to trend out funding modalities for the power.

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