Senator Steve Zargo, chairman of the Committee on Defense, Security, Intelligence and Veteran Affairs says terrorists have no borders due to their presence all over the world, especially in the African region.
“Terrorism is one of the greatest concerns in the ECOWAS sub-region and therefore we must all work together to save our countries,” he said.
He made the statement recently at the end of the 37th Ordinary Meeting of ECOWAS Committee of Chiefs of Defense Staff in Monrovia.
Sen. Zargo said this is not just a security concern but an economic concern as well.
According to him, in the face of the expansion and extension of terrorist tentacles in the sub-region, there is a need for collaboration, coordination and cooperation towards the joint operation of West African forces and other national security institutions.
He stated that political actors in the West Africa sub-region recently decisively responded to the situation in The Gambia which is worthy of commendation.
“Preventing criminal activities that are piracy in our maritime domain is an issue that should be jointly tackled by security forces of our sub-region,” he also stated.
He called on the Regional Maritime Center for West Africa (CRESMAO) to work with Liberia’s maritime and enhance the respective economic growth in ECOWAS countries.
Zargo explained that Liberia is at the critical juncture in its democratic process, owning to the October Presidential and Legislative elections.
Senator Zargo admonished “our gallant men and women in arms to continue the vigilance, coupled with their coordination and collaboration with other front line national security institutions to ensure Liberians have a violence free election.”
Major General Daniel Ziankahn, the Chief of Defense Staff disclosed that the three-day meeting was very successful because key instruments were adopted to ensure the implementation for the betterment of the ECOWAS sub-region.
He explained that decisions reached included the revised structure of the ECOWAS standby force, doctrine of the ECOWAS standby force, the contest of operation in The Gambia, and plans to commence military exercises in 2018.
“I assure everyone that these decisions will be implemented in due course.
ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace, and Security, Mrs. Halima Ahmed expressed appreciation to members of ECOWAS for their presence at the meeting.
She said the key instruments that were adopted during the meeting will be fully implemented for the growth of ECOWAS member states.
“We thank the Government of Liberia for the warm reception and for contributing to peace in the country and as few days are left for the October elections, it is our hope that ECOWAS will contribute to a peaceful election in Liberia,” she said.