IS THE EU RELUCTANT TO RENEW FUNDING FOR THE ECOMIG FORCES IN THE GAMBIA?

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It doesn’t look like the European Union (EU) is keen at renewing and extending the security project that funds the continuous presence and mandate of the West African troops stationed in The Gambia (ECOMIG). The funding program has been scheduled to expire this month. So far, there is no formal statement from the EU expressing its intention of renewing the ECOMIG peacekeeping mission to The Gambia. 

President Adama Barrow came to power in December of 2016. His administration has been routinely criticized by the EU Ambassador to The Gambia, Attila Lajos for failing to spearhead a meaningful national security reform program for The Gambia. Lajos is not impressed with the pace of Gambia’s National Security Reform.

The EU Ambassador has also been calling for accountability and transparency in Barrow’s government in recent media news report monitored by this medium.

Lajos and his team in Banjul had  been playing an excellent role in helping the new government to have access to EU funds since the advent of Barrow’s government. But it seems that the international goodwill for Barrow’s shattered and failed Coalition government, has disappeared. The regime is increasingly becoming unpopular both locally and internationally.

Allegations of official graft, lawlessness, and gross abdication of duties by the President are common public outcry in the country. Gambians are disappointed with Adama Barrow.

Barrow is apparently not willing to publish the Faraba Commission Report. He hasn’t also not shared the  content of Janneh Commission report with The Gambian public. Barrow is being aided by former corrupt Jammeh enablers.

Gambia’s donor partners had spent several million of dollars to help revamp the country’s discredited national security apparatus. The National Security Service reform program is being headed by Justice Minister Tambadou.

Momodou Badjie, a former Jammeh Ambassador to Mauritania, is overseeing the security reform. Badjie is a National Security Adviser to Adama Barrow.

Inside the Barrow administration, there is concern over the long-term sustainability of the ECOMIG forces in the country. The government doesn’t have money to maintain the sub-regional forces. It is hoping to secure funding from the African Union or the EU to prolong the continuous stay of the  ECOMIG forces in the impoverished West African nation.

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