58TH ORDINARY SESSION OF ECOWAS: BUHARI PLEDGES $100M TO FIGHT TERRORISM

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President Buhari during the 58th Virtual 0rdinary Session of ECOWAS

As part of the commitments of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to a stable and regional security within the Economic Community of West African States, Nigeria has pledged a sum of $100 million for the fight against insecurity.

President Muhammadu Buhari who participated in the virtual 58th ordinary session of the ECOWAS from the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, in company of some of his Ministers, emphasised the need for a formidable and dense ECOWAS leadership that will further enhance the region’s fight against terrorism.

Announcing the donation which is part of the commitments of Nigeria to the US$1 billion ECOWAS Regional Security Fund (ERSF), created in support of the 2020-2024 Anti-Terrorism Action Plan, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, explained that $20 million of the amount would be released for the implementation of the ECOWAS counter-terrorism action plan while the remaining $80 million will be disbursed to tackle insurgency and banditry in the North-East and North-West regions of Nigeria.

President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo who happens to be the Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, in his address, condemned in strong term the attacks on the region and community and also sympathized with the countries and families so far affected. According to him, ‘We sympathise and extend our deep condolences to affected countries and the families of the victims.”

President Muhammadu Buhari had on September 2020 during the 57th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government in Niamey, Niger Republic, presented a Special Report on COVID-19, highlighting his strategic leadership role in the region, having been earlier appointed as the ECOWAS Champion on the Fight against COVID-19 during the Extraordinary Virtual Summit of ECOWAS on April 23.

At the end of the 58th ECOWAS meeting, a thirteen paged communiqué was released that borders on insecurity, national integration, economic performance, implementation of regional integration programs, monetary union, AfCFTA, Covid-19 and human development which are meant to promote healthy economic integration and foster unity among member states.

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