EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA:- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has unanimously agreed to extend the ECOMIG stabilization forces in The Gambia for a further one year.
The decision was made at the 58th ordinary session of ECOWAS heads of state and government held virtually on Saturday.
The extension means the ECOMIG forces will be in the country till end of December 2021 and thereafter “transform into a Police Mission.”
However, one of the key components of the transformation process is the contribution of police officers from member states.
Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal and Togo have so far agreed to contribute personnel to constitute the Police Unit.
ECOWAS said in statement that “it expresses its gratitude to Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal and Togo for agreeing to contribute Constituted Police Units to ECOMIG, and the European Union for its financial and technical support.”
The ECOMIG forces began their mandate in January 2017, and the mission has been extended by ECOWAS Heads of States various times. The Mission is composed of 1000 troops: Senegal (750), Nigeria (200) and Ghana (50) – of which 125 are gendarmerie. You
Gambians will go to the poll in December 2021 for the first presidential elections following the removal of longterm ruler Yahya Jammeh.