The Economic Community for West African States, ECOWAS, in conjunction with the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, has launched a war against proliferation of small arms in West Africa.
The ECOWAS community, the European Union and United Nations delegations believe that recent surge in terrorism across West Africa can be reduced through this project.
According to the officials, this initiative is aimed at supporting efforts to maintain regional peace and stability which has been threatened recently by terrorism.
Kadre Ouedraogo, ECOWAS President, said that the project would strengthen similar initiatives within the West African region aimed. It is one of several projects initiated in recent times to contain the rising waves of terrorism and other crimes escalated by proliferation of illegal arms in the West African region.
To that effect, the European Union in agreement with ECOWAS is putting over five million Euro into the project to be managed by United Nations Development Programme, UNDP.
Activities to be carried out include raising community awareness on the dangers associated with the proliferation of small arms and armed violence in the region.
The project targets six countries, including Nigeria, Niger, Mali and Liberia.