The Economic Community of Western African States (ECOWAS) on Friday honoured the ECOMIG forces in the Gambia with medals at a ceremony held in capital city Banjul for their role in stabilizing peace in the West African state.

The president of the ECOWAS commission, Marcel de Souza, described the award ceremony a joyous one. He challenged the Gambia to start reforming its security sector.

The Gambia’s Vice President Fatoumatta Jallow Tambajang hailed the ECOWAS for providing the security at the needed time.

“We thank you for being with us. We are here to salute you and recognized your efforts in ensuring that the democracy that Gambian people have fought for stands,” she said.

The ECOWAS ambassador to the Gambia, Vabah Gayflor, said the regional forces have risked their lives to ensure democracy is restored in Gambia.

The regional bloc sent in its forces to the Gambia to restore the will of the Gambian people following the former president Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to relinquish power in January after election defeat. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/

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