Security Sector Reform Strategy consultation concludes

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Gambia’s Security Sector Reform Steering Committee, under the Office of the National Security (ONS), Friday concluded their national consultation synergy on the country’s Security Sector Reform Strategy (SSRS), at Kairaba beach hotel in Kololi.

The SSR Strategy drafting team developed a draft strategy document and seek stakeholder feedback on any potential issues by organising a national consultation synergy.

The national consultation targets to engage stakeholders to harness their inputs to further enrich the SSR strategy, engender ownership of the document and foster a common understanding of its content to support overall implementation.

National security adviser Momodou Badjie said the consultation synergy comes at a critical time when both positive and negative debates on Gambia’s security sector situation are at peak.

He said the consultation will help to reposition the mindset of Gambians as it will generate inputs, new ideas and initiatives that would make the security sector reform and its related strategic development worthwhile. “Given the sensitivities of the issues surrounding the governance of the security sector reform, it is important that the process of developing SSRS be transparent and consultative, incorporating as many stakeholders as possible,” he said.

United Nations resident coordinator Dr. Desta Alamerew Tiruneh said the strategic plan is believed to enhance and promote a comprehensive implementation of the National Security Policy (NSP) and guide them in findings and recommendations of the SSR assessment report of 2017 towards the desired outcomes.

Mr. Tiruneh observed that appropriate human rights and gender issues would be adequately factored in the finalisation of the strategy for implementing the SSR. “We wish to reiterate the need to make this strategy not only a well written and consulted document, but also a complete and actionable plan that would guide the way forward,” he said.

Solicitor General Cherno Marena said the consultative process is meant to make sure that Gambian people take ownership of the draft security strategy and enforcement of security which should be their collective interest.

Mr. Marena further said the confidence of the general public can only be engendered if the public take part in the formulation of collective security interest and take ownership of its enforcement.

Author: Fatou O Barrow