President Muhammadu Buhari has emphasised the need for intelligence sharing among member States in the ECOWAS to curb insurgency in the region.
Speaking at the opening of the Second Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament in Abuja, President Buhari said efforts by regional governments in combating criminal activities should not only be limited to physical measures.
He however stressed that preventive measures such as elimination of poverty were also necessary to curb crime in the region.
” Preventive measures like the elimination of poverty are also important, looking at the predominance of the problem across the communities,” the President said.
“This can be done through increased productivity, full employment and sustainable economic activity, leading to improved opportunities and a better standard of living,” he asserted.
The Nigerian leader, who was represented by the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, also called for synergy in finding solutions to the challenge of climate change facing the region.
“We cannot also undermine the questions of deforestation, desertification, land use, ozone diversity, water and air pollution, which are all central to climate change,” he remarked.
“The issues,” he went on, “are divergent, but there should be synergy in the development of solutions.”
President Buhari expressed optimism that the session would come up with specific solutions to the said challenges.
The Second Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament, tagged ” Budget Session”, seeks to deliberate on the 2022 draft community budget for its institutions.
The budget is targeted at addressing the challenges facing the region
Reporting by Idara Ukpayang; Editing by Tola Oguneye and Tony Okerafor