l-r Amb. Dr.Chijioke W. Wigwe, Provost, Centre for Strategic Research and Studies, NDC_ Major General Abuja, 28th September 2018 . The Directorate of Peace Keeping and Regional Security of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in collaboration with Member States, Training Centres of Excellence (TCEs), the African Union (AU) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) conducted the Main Planning Conference (MPC) for its Command Post Exercise (CPX) – JIGUI IV, which aims to test the Full Operational Capacity (FOC) of the ECOWAS Standby Force (ESF).
The 5-day meeting which ended on 28th September 2018 at the National Defence College in Abuja, Nigeria saw participants develop the Exercise plan, Exercise Structure and further develop the CARANA Scenario which is being used for the CPX.
The conference also availed participants the opportunity to further develop the technical communication plans for the Exercise, its public inform..
Dr. Bolanle Adetoun (L) and madam Aisha Usman Abuja, 26th of September, 2018. A two-Day technical meeting on the operationalization of the Child Protection Framework of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) commenced on the 26th of September 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria.
The meeting is meant among others, to examine ways of popularising the ECOWAS Strategic Framework for Strengthening National Child Protection Systems to prevent and respond to violence, abuse as well as exploitation against children in West Africa.
In her opening remarks, the ECOWAS Commission’s Director, Gender Dr. Sintiki Ugbe noted that as a cross-cutting issue, child protection also has human rights connection with corresponding implications for the physical, social and mental development of the child.
Represented by the Principal Programme Officer, Gender and Child Dr. Bolanle Adetoun, she maintained that child protection response must necessarily percolate to all segments of the society beginning fr..
l-r Phidelia Amey, Col. Ollo Alain Pale, Dr. Chijioke W. Wigwe, Dr, Cyriaque Agynekethom, Major General PJ Dauke, Major Gen.Hassan Lai and Major General Usman Yusuf Abuja, 24th September 2018 . The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in its bid to test the capacity of its Standby Force (ESF) to conduct strategic and operational level planning for multidimensional Peace Support Operations (PSO) in the region has commenced the Main Planning Conference (MPC) for its Command Post Exercise (CPX) Code-name JIGUI IV scheduled to hold in 2019.
The 5-day MPC which began on 24th September 2018 at the National Defence College (NDC) in Abuja, Nigeria will see representatives from Members States and ECOWAS Training Centres of Excellence (TCE) finalize the Exercise Plan for the CPX.
The participants are also expected to work in syndicate groups to further develop the exercise scenario, assess technical details such as Communication and Information Services (CIS), the public informat..
L-r – Vice President Finda Koroma, the Chairman, Musa Nuhu and Mr. Vafolay Tulay Abuja, 22nd September 2018. Ministers for Infrastructure, Works and Housing form Member States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have adopted a design scheme for the development of a new Headquarters complex for the Commission that will be built in the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria- Abuja by the Chinese government through a $31.5 million grant.
The meeting of the ad-hoc Ministerial Committee on the construction of Community institutions which held on 22nd September 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria, saw their representatives adopt a design scheme in order to commence the development of the final design which will be produced with the input of the Commission and Member States.
The ECOWAS Commission’s commissioner for General Administration and Conferences Vafolay Tulay, who presented three design schemes to the Ministers, stated that criteria such as site optimization, functionality, s..
Commissioner Jagne reading the communique Abidjan, 21 September 2018. Representatives of ECOWAS Member States’ institutions, in conjunction with disaster and climate resilience building stakeholders, have urged for a modernization of hydromet and disaster risk management services in West Africa.
The meteorology, hydrology and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) stakeholders are also requesting in this regard, the scaling up of efforts by the development partners including the World Bank, European Union (EU), and other United Nations (UN) organisations, in line with needs and priorities expressed by ECOWAS, Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS), River Basin Organizations as well as national governments in the region.
A set of far-reaching recommendations made at the end of their 3-Day regional hydromet Forum and DRR platform in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire on the evening of the 21st of September 2018, bordered on the need for firmer political commitment, resource..
Commissioner Sekou Sangare with an official Abidjan, 19th September 2018. The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has called for an energised leadership that can strengthen meteorological, hydrological and climate services to meet the aspiration of the over 300 million people of West Africa.
Making the call at the start of a three-Day regional hydromet Forum and a Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) platform in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire on the 19th of September 2018, the Commission’s Commissioner, Social Affairs and Gender Siga Fatima Jagne said it has become imperative for the regional leadership to have “a collective focus of undivided attention” in this regard.
The twin event is organized by the ECOWAS Commission in collaboration with the Government of Cote d’Ivoire, the World Bank and other relevant partners to engender a safer, healthier environment and a greater capacity for resilience of the citizenry in the face of prevalent natural upheavals.
R-L H.E. Pierre Buyoya, General Francis Behanzin Representing President of the ECOWAS Commission and Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas Abuja, 18th September 2018. The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) along with regional and international organizations have reiterated their commitment to addressing challenges such as terrorism, climate change, poverty, food insecurity and illicit trafficking in the Sahel region by harmonizing their approaches and improving coordination in the implementation of their strategies.
This was the major recommendation of a high level meeting of regional organizations on the Sahel which held in Abuja, Nigeria on 18th September, 2018.
The meeting which was organized in collaboration with the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) called for advocacy policies to facilitate the mobilization of resources from regional and international partners to support joint programs and projects in the..