In a bid to fight insecurity, it has been reported that Nigeria and ECOWAS have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, on the National Early Warning and Response Mechanism.
According to reports, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, the Vice President signed for Nigeria while the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean-Claude Brou, signed on behalf of the regional body on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
While speaking on the state of insecurity in Nigeria, Osinbajo said that “I don’t think there is a better time for this process than now, which will lead to full implementation of the Early Warning and Response System.”
According to him,“There is no question at all that this is a moment when we really should be looking at how to collaborate in real-time and in increasingly more imaginative ways in sharing information, and also in sharing competence in order to confront our security challenges.”
Osinbajo while commending the clear expansion of the ECOWAS early warning and response network, he opined that, “I think this has helped a great deal in not only focusing on terrorism, which is today possibly the most lethal threat that we face, but also in giving us an opportunity as a sub-region.”
He added that “This is to bring the very best possible ideas and to be able to check these threats as quickly and as efficiently as possible. The administration will ensure that the early warning and response system is implemented and we look forward to working with you ECOWAS in ensuring that it is fully implemented.”