ABUJA – ECOWAS has said in Abuja that it plans to organise a stakeholders meeting aimed at addressing terrorism challenges facing the region.
Prof. Abdoulaye Maga, ECOWAS Director of Education, Culture, Science and Technology said this during an interview with newsmen.
He said the meeting with a theme “ECOWAS education for peace through inter religious dialogue’’ is scheduled for October in Niger Republic.
He told newsmen that the forum was crucial in ensuring a lasting peace in the region.
According him, the forum became necessary in view of the continued dangers posed by terrorists to the socio economic wellbeing of the West African and beyond.
He said the forum would further identify aspects of ensuring peace through adequate sensitisation of the people and inter religious dialogue among faith groups.
He said the sensitisation programmes would target secondary and tertiary schools in the region.
“The sensitisation will start with students in schools as stakeholders because they are the future leaders.
“It will also be extended to religious groups, traditional leaders, governments at various levels to brainstorm to see ways of ensuring peace in our communities,’’ he said.
Some of the African countries that have experienced significant levels of terrorists’ activities include Mali, Nigeria, Niger, Uganda, Cameroun, Kenya, Somalia and Algeria.