Nigeria Hosts 7th Meeting of Sahel Sahara Defence Ministers
The Sahel Sahara is confronted with many complex and interconnected challenges ranging from fragile economies, food and environmental crisis, insecurity and political instability; and it is only good governance, justice, fair play and credible information and intelligence sharing that can considerably scale down the threat to peace, breaches of law and other act of aggression.
This was stated by the Honourable Minister of Defence, Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali, while receiving in audience a team from the community of the Sahel Sahara Region led by Secretary General, Amb. Ibrahim Sani Abani in Abuja, who had come to brief him on the forthcoming 7th Meeting of Ministers of Defence scheduled to hold in Nigeria from 20th – 22nd June, 2018.
Dan-Ali recalled that the community of Sahel Sahara Ministers of Defence meeting was first held in Egypt, an Arabic speaking country and last hosted in Cote D’voire in Abijan, a French speaking country. He saidthat it was the turn of English speaking country to host, hence the choice of Nigeria as the Host Country. The Honorable Minister therefore directed that the organizing committee should be headed by the Director, Joint Services Department, Mr. David Gende and liaise with CEN-SAD officials and the previous host Country to enable Nigeria organize a better programme.
Speaking earlier, the Secretary General of the Community of Sahel Sahara Amb. Ibrahim Sani Abani statedthat the major issues facing CEN-SAD was security and the fight against terrorism, which no one can tackle except the members countries made up of 28 African countries; Egypt, Morocco, Libya, Niger Republic, Liberia, Cote D’voir, Nigeria, etc.He added that the CEN-SAD Secretariat had always given their support in organizing technical meetings in different areas.
Maigari Usman and Uche Onyeakazi
3rd May, 2018