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N°: 079/2009
22 August 2009 [Abuja - Nigeria]

US DONATES COMMUNICATION EQIPMENT TO ECOWAS STANDBY FORCE

The Government of the United States of America has boosted the capability of the ECOWAS Standby Force (ESF) with a Deployable Satellite System (DSS) which was formally presented to the ECOWAS Commission on Friday, 21st August 2009 in Abuja. The ceremony also marked the end of a training session for selected staff of the Standby Force transmission company on the use of the equipment, part of which was tested during the ECOWAS military training session code-named “JIGUI 2009” which took place in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from 9th to 15th June 2009. Receiving the equipment from the US representative, Mr. Richard Baisley, Jnr, the ECOWAS Commissioner for Infrastructure, Mr. Celestin Talaki, thanked the US Government for the kind gesture and in its continued support to the ECOWAS Standby Force. Earlier in his opening remarks, the Chief of Staff of the ESF, Gen. Hassan Lai, expressed appreciation over the provision of the DSS and noted the relevance of modern communications to the ESF. Gen. Lai called for the continued “understanding, cooperation and collaboration with all the stakeholders towards the development of the ESF in the interest of peace and security” of West Africa and the African continent.


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