ECOWAS Defence Chiefs Meet In Ghana

The Economic Community of West African States Chiefs of Defence Staff (CDS) will hold its 34th Ordinary Session from today, over  11 September in Ghana.

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

The statement stated that the meeting themed: “Strengthening ECOWAS Military Cooperation for Peace, Stability and Development”, will bring together all regional defence chiefs.

They will deliberate on issues which includes Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa, which is a security threat to the region.

NAN reports that the deadly disease has claimed more than 1,900 lives from the more than 3,000 cases reported in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal.

The CDS 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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