The Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) parliament said on Friday that it has set an agenda to tackle the problems associated with inter-community conflicts in the West African region.

The ECOWAS sub-region had been plagued by various crises for more than a decade, said Moustapha Cisse-Lo, speaker of the ECOWAS parliament, at a parliamentary seminar on transhumance and inter-community conflicts which opened in Monrovia, the Liberian capital, on Friday.


According to Cisse-Lo, one of the most worrying is the menace of terrorism which has become rampant in many member-states. He cited, among others, the case of farmers-herders’ clashes across the region.

Unfortunately, the crises between various communities are also worsening, he said.

However, the regional bloc, as well as the international community, had made the right moves toward combating this scourge head-on, he said.

In his own view, Bhofal Chambers, the speaker of Liberia’s House of Representatives said efforts by the regional body to bring about socioeconomic synergy between members of the ECOWAS bloc must be considered while taking the respective cultures and values of its peoples into cognizance.

Transhumance is the movement of people with their animals or livestock from one place to another in search of food and better weather for their livelihood, whilst inter-community conflicts deal with people’s inability to coexist in social or cultural diversities, Chambers noted.

As the region moves more closely together, the means and mechanisms for ECOWAS citizens to live more peacefully could not be over-emphasized, he added. Enditem


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