The Chairperson of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers, Shirley Botchwey, has said the implementation of the Economic Community of West African States plan of action could combat the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria and terrorism in Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger.
By working together on the various challenges facing the subregion, she said the prospects for success are significantly enhanced and would create the conditions for a thriving region.
Speaking at the 87th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers in Abuja on Thursday, Botchwey argued that the community needed to build resilience and advance regional integration.
According to her, driving the ongoing internal reforms would help with the new ECOWAS Vision 2050 which has been finalized and is ready for adoption.
The chairperson stated, “To advance our regional integration agenda and transform the lives of Community citizens, we need to continue to build resilience and enhance our integration programme.
“This is particularly necessary with respect to the following threats: the health crisis of the coronavirus which persists and has completely changed our way of life. With the new variant and the risk of a new wave and several countries closing their borders, we must rely more than ever on our regional solidarity.
“The recurrence of terrorist attacks in the frontline countries of the Sahel (Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, and Nigeria) with its many victims and to which the response at this time is the diligent implementation of our plan of action against terrorism to support and complement national efforts.”
Botchwey noted that climate change is a constraint on the regional integration process against which it must undertake an ecological transition to renewable energies and an adapted agricultural policy.