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One billion dollars devoted towards counter-terrorism efforts ---ECOWAS Commission

Authority of Heads of States at their Extraordinary Summit this year have devoted one billion US dollars to deal with terrorism and other security-related issues in the sub-region.

President of ECOWAS Commission, Jean-Claude K. Brou made the disclosure to the Community lawmakers when he presented the State of the Community in Abuja, Nigeria when lawmakers sought to know what was being done to tackle the insecurity situation in the region.

He noted that it would be difficult to develop the sub-region without peace and security, adding that the sub-region has witnessed heightened insecurity in the form of terrorist attacks as well as inter-communal clashes in places like (Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, and Northern Nigeria).

“We have schools that have closed down, economic activities that had witnessed significant decline, more countries are investing in security which is hampering other interventions and not encouraging”.

Also when investors show interest in a country, they look at the region to make their decision, be it that they are investors from the sub-region or international investors.

Again, he pointed out that terrorism in the sub-region has to do with the instability in Libya, and Heads of states have it high on their agenda to deal with it.

“We cannot resolve it within a year, it is a process, and we have to brace ourselves to deal with it, the spillage despite our five-year action plan it may go beyond that period, but would be reviewed when necessary”.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com/Abuja

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