ECOWAS defence chiefs to meet in Ghana over Boko Haram, Ebola, others

The Committee of Chiefs of Defence Staff (CCDS) of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, will hold its 34th Ordinary Session from Sept. 9 to 11 in Ghana.

A statement issued by the commission’s spokesperson, Sunny Ugoh, on Monday in Abuja, said it was to review the general security situation in the region and determine adequate responses.

The statement stated that the theme of the meeting would be “Strengthening ECOWAS Military Cooperation for Peace, Stability and Development’’.

The regional defence chiefs will among other issues, be briefed on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa, which is a security threat to the region.

Ebola disease has claimed more than 2,000 lives from the more than 3,000 cases reported in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal.

The CCDS meeting will also receive an update on the security situation in Northern Nigeria, where the Boko Haram sect has been waging relentless deadly terrorist attacks and kidnappings.

The statement stated that the meeting would also consider the Status Report on the ECOWAS Standby Force and receive updates on the new Peace Support Operation Division.

Other considerations would be on the operation of the Maritime Model Zone E and the Defence and Security Sector Reform Programme (DSSRP) in Guinea Bissau.

The statement stated that the meeting would also review the mandate of ECOWAS Mission also in Guinea Bissau.



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