Security Sector Reform is key in making development effective

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

President Barrow’s National Security Adviser has affirmed that Security Sector Reform (SSR) is crucial to making development efforts more effective, in particular the broader context of transformation and democratisation.

Rt. Col. Momodou Badjie was speaking yesterday at a three-day stakeholder’s forum designed to prepare drafters for design of national security strategy and security sector reform strategy.

“There can be no sustainable development without stable, effective and democratically accountable institutions. I am therefore pleased that we have a wide range of coverage institutional-wise,” he declared.

The objective of the induction, he reminded participants, is to enhance the understanding of the Security Sector Reform and its corresponding activities in the transformation of national security.

Badjie expressed optimism that the induction course would no doubt contribute to strengthening participant’s skills, while focusing their understanding on design and formulation of the NSS and SSR strategy document.

Also speaking, Mai Ahmed Fatty, special adviser to the president, indicated that the induction course is developed to harmonise the understanding of the participants and to enhance their collective capacity to develop high quality national security strategy and the SSR.

The induction training, he affirmed, will not only prepare participants for the work ahead, but will also provide them with a platform for open discussion that will facilitate inter-agency collaboration.

Fatty revealed that President Barrow has recognised the need for a credible national security capability to give the “sovereignty of the dear country The Gambia-real meaning.”

“That cannot be achieved without overarching strategic and appropriate regulatory framework in place,” he said.

To achieve these critical tasks of strategic framework development, Fatty went on, government has convened the stakeholder’s induction, attracting participants from relevant public and private departments and organisations.

Author: Fatou Dem