WELCOMING ADDRESS BY MOMODOU BADJIE, NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER-OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT ON THE OCCASION OF SECURITY SECTOR REFORM STRATEGY CONSULTATION WORKSHOP- 22-23 AUGUST 2019.
- Honourable Attorney General, Minister of Justice and Chairman of the Security Sector Reform Steering Committee.
- Honourable Ministers- Members of SSR Steering Committee.
- Your Excellency’s, Ambassadors and Members of the Diplomatic Community.
- Lord Mayors and Honourable Regional Governors
- Paramount Chief and Seyfolu
- Venerable Religious Leaders
- Members of Civil Society Organization
- Distinguished Participants
- Members of the Media Fraternity
- Ladies + Gentlemen – All other protocols respectfully observed.
Good Morning and a very warm welcome to all of you, on the occasion of this National Security Sector Reform Strategy Consultations
Your presence here is pleasing as it demonstrates and indicates the strength of our collective determination and commitment to the success of the security sector reform to promote cohesion and a culture of integrity.
Therefore, this consultation workshop comes at a critical time when the debates on our security sector situation both positive and negative are at the peak. Whatever the case, we continue to praise God for keeping us together and sustaining The Gambia as a peace and stable country. But that doesn`t mean that we should rest on our laurels.
Given the sensitivities of the issues surrounding the governance of security sector reform, it is important that the process of developing SSRS be transparent and consultative incorporating as many stakeholders as possible.
I am therefore glad to note this cross-section nature of participants and institutions which are the central building blocks of our peace and security architecture, as well as experts, management and oversight bodies/ authority.
Since, sound governance of security is crucial, not only for stability, but also for the success of democratic consolidation and social development.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Security Sector Reform is saying, if we repeatedly done certain things and not getting results, we need to change / reform strategy, operations, and tactics needs to be approach with a new commitment.
It is therefore our collective commitment both state and non-state actors to engender a reform that would be realistic and in synchronization with both modern best practices and to be contextual.
Security Sector Reform and by extension security transformation has become a national appeal as we speak, and whose time arguably has come.
Consequently, there is a need for us to tinker with our constitutional, security policy, security sector reform and national security strategies and subordinate frameworks to accommodate new realistic thoughts that will certainly help provide answers to our developmental challenges.
Along this line, this consultation is to help reposition our mind set as we generate inputs, new ideas and initiatives that would make our security sector reform and its related strategic development worthwhile.
At this juncture, I would like to thank members of the International Advisory Groups, the drafters and all who contributed to the success of this workshop. My thanks and appreciation goes to the chairman of the SSR Steering Committee, its members and our International and bilateral partners.
Ladies and gentlemen, this national consultation is therefore a crucial step. Yet it is only a step in many. I would therefore warmly welcome your support in carrying the result forward into steps/phases of the security sector reform process.
I wish you the best of luck and thank you for your kind attention.