The African Union Mission Support Team (AU-MST) to the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) recently organized a workshop to sensitize the military component of the MNJTF on the Regional Strategy for the Stabilization, Recovery and Resilience of the Boko Haram-Affected Areas of the Lake Chad Basin.

Declaring the workshop open, the Deputy Force Commander, Brigadier General Seydou Badje commended the AU-MST for the initiative of sharing information on the Stabilization Strategy and called for more attention on the pillars of Security and Human Rights, Humanitarian and Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR). He further stated that the validation of the strategy is a right step towards the accomplishment of the Force’s mandate and that the MNJTF will spare no effort at stopping Boko Haram terrorists from obstructing the implementation of the strategy.

Highlighting the objectives of the workshop, the Civilian Coordinator of the AU-MST, Mahamane Abdou pointed out that the workshop is part of the strategy and is aimed at establishing a common approach and   framework for all stakeholders in order to sustain a timely, coordinated and effective transition from stabilization to recovery and resumption of hindered development in the Lake Chad Basin.

The sensitization workshop was aimed at raising the awareness of Military Staff Officers on the issues highlighted in the strategy, particularly areas relevant to the mandate of the MNJTF. The workshop also provided a platform for exchange of ideas on the content of the strategy, in order to create synergy between MNJTF and the Civilian Component.

It is worthy to note that the strategy is in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2349 and aims to facilitate the transition from active military engagement to tackling the root causes of the crisis and streamlining the various stabilization initiatives in the areas affected by Boko Haram.