Sub-regional blog, ECOWAS has recently rejected a proposed three-year transition plan proposed by the junta government in Niger.

With all diplomatic efforts so far leading to a dead end, ECOWAS could likely utilise their new military depot in Lungi, Northwest of Sierra Leone.

The depot is one of two being constructed by the sub-regional with the other in Mali. It is evident that ECOWAS cannot use their depot in Mali because the country has already pledged allegiance to the Nigerien junta government.

A recent visit by Sierra Leone’s Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Kenyeh Barlay and ECOWAS Resident Representative, Ambassador Haroun Moussa revealed that the depot is near completion.

Contractors, SOGEFEL Sarl and BANCA actually have until November 30 this year to complete the depot.

When completed, it will enable the stockpiling of weapons and ECOWAS Standby Forces (ESF) to combat any regional crisis.

The importance of the depot is made lucid when Head of ECOWAS in Sierra Leone, Sumamu Alghali urged the contractors to meet their deadline. He urged them to accelerate their work.

But there are fears that the depot could be readied by the end of November due to the workforce and unpredictable weather conditions in the region. Peter Sam-Kpakra, Development Secretary at the Ministry advised contractors to add more labour force to expedite progress.

Meanwhile Minister Barlay promised to engage the Minister of Lands for the provision of a seafront land to commission another site. She assured of her full support for the project.