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ECOWAS Chairman Attributes Terrorism Partially To Hunger and Joblessness

The Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States Community Parliament’s Committee on Political Affairs, Peace, Security and Africa Peer Review Mechanism, has attributed the surge in the threat of terrorism within the West Africa, to hunger and joblessness.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) , Mr Edwin Melvin Snowe Jr. called for the creation of more jobs for the citizens and invest in the education sector.

“We need to create more jobs for our people; invest in the education sector. If you stay in a country and the citizens feel like it is them versus us, it gives room for curious and deviant behaviour. We need to invest more in education and work on our poverty reduction strategy because when people’s pockets are empty and stomachs empty, they would revert to means that can put food on their table,” he said.

According to him, the trend where citizens were against leaders had pushed the sub-region to its current state, especially when the youth in the sub-region felt that they could not afford food and they felt they needed to do something that provided them food, “It’s wrong there is no justification for this.”

Mr Snowe Jr. explained that terrorism was linked to economics, and if people believed they could not survive but the only way to survive was to cause havoc for them to live it was wrong.

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