President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana was among African heads of state and government who attended the laying of the foundation stone to mark the start of construction of a new head office for the Committee of Intelligence & Security Service of Africa (CISSA) here Tuesday.

The ceremony, held on the sidelines of the 28th Ordinary Summit of the African Union (AU), was hosted by Equatorial Guinean leader President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who was assisted by Nana Akufo-Addo and Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir,

The CISSA is a body made up of 51 African Union (AU) member states established in January 2005 by the endorsement of AU Heads of State and Government to share information on the security threats confronting the continent.

Tuesday’s ceremony took place at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa. The African Heads of State agreed on the need for reforming the AU to make it more responsive to meeting the aspirations of ordinary Africans, as well as adopting new approaches in dealing with the peace and security challenges of the Continent.

President Mbasogo offered to bear the cost of construction of the new office estimated at 20 million US dollars. The Equatorial Guine leader said the formation of the CISSA was to fight the multiple security challenges confronting Africa and to serve as a mechanism for dialogue, analysis and adoption of common strategy among security agencies.

He noted that Africa in the last few years had been plagued by a number of security threats evident in wars and terrorism. It was for that reason that countries in Africa decided to combine their strength and resources to fight these security threats.

For CISSA to play its crucial role regarding security and threat prevention, it is necessary to have the structure that would enable it fight the security threats that confront Africa, he said, adding that the threats confronting Africa had become transnational and therefore, required borderless co-operation and collaboration among and between intelligence and security services.