In an attempt to foster stability in the region, the 39th ambassadorial-level conference of the Economic Community of West African States’ (ECOWAS) Mediation and Security Council was held in Abuja on November 23.

In a statement made available to the media on Saturday, the presiding chair, Musa Sani Nuhu, acknowledged the progress made but noted that major challenges still impede development and integration. Furthermore, he demanded the creation of tangible strategies that would promptly return constitutional governance to countries where political power has been taken.

The progress made with some transitional governments was assessed by Dr. Abdel-Fatau Musah, the ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace, and Security. However, he stressed that more steps for securing democracy should be suggested during the meeting.

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Among the issues that the gathered ambassadors talked about were the political-security climate, humanitarian crises, transition processes, peace initiatives, and early warning systems. The writings emphasized initiatives for participatory government, peace, and democracy in the region.

In his brief remarks, Omar Alieu Touray, President of the ECOWAS Commission, commended the permanent representatives’ work on behalf of community concerns.

“The meeting was also graced by a brief appearance of the President of the ECOWAS Commission H.E Omar Alieu Touray who used the opportunity to express the Commission’s gratitude in view of the work being done by the Permanent Representatives for the good of the ECOWAS community.

“The MSC Ambassadorial is a preparatory meeting where informed and constructive recommendations are expected to be scaled up for the attention of the subsequent statutory assemblages of ECOWAS, beginning with the MSC at the Ministerial level,” the statement noted.