ECOWAS Members Urged To Sustain New Innovation

Odimmegwa Johnpeter/Abuja
The just concluded first ordinary meeting of the ECOWAS Parliament in 2018 has reiterated commitment to the ongoing process of institutional reform, which started in 2017. The reform seeks to improve on the efficiency and activities of the ECOWAS parliament as well as entrench interaction between the parliament and the ECOWAS Commission.
In his speech at the closing ceremony, the speaker of parliament, His Excellency Moustapha Cisse Lo commended the House for the robust debates and quality of discussions exhibited by members.
He restated his desire for more commitment by members and better interaction with the commission. His words, “I wish that this new innovation will continue during the next sessions for better cooperation with the ECOWAS Commission”. The Honourable Speaker noted that as part of efforts to build stronger ties along the ECOWAS Corridor, the parliament organized two seminars in partnership with the ECOWAS Commission, Network of Women Parliamentarians in ECOWAS (ECOFEPA) and the Nigerian Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS), which focussed on Democracy and good governance, and the challenges and perspectives of the ECOWAS single currency.
He enjoined every member to promote peace and brotherliness for the sustenance of growth in the region especially in this month of Ramadan. He further restated the vision of the ECOWAS founding fathers which was predicated on the urgent need to create a block, able to encourage, stimulate and accelerate economic and social development to improve the standard of living of the people.
He however bemoans the fact that these challenges still exist and promised that under his watch as the current speaker of ECOWAS Parliament, he would ensure a continuation of the fundamental principles of the founding fathers.
“Today, these challenges are still relevant. That is why the ECOWAS Parliament for which I am Speaker, will project the course for the integration of the people of the economic community, through inter alia, free movement of the people and goods, in order to realize the vision 2020 which advocates ECOWAS of people”, he added.
H.E. Moustapha Cisse Lo challenged members of parliament to be attentive to the plight of their people in their respective states so that it can be shared and deliberated upon at ECOWAS Parliament in order to attain required result of ECOWAS of people and ensure a profound economic and social integration.
He further revealed that while the members of parliament await the resumption of the 2nd Ordinary Meeting, members of different committee will meet in Guinea Bissau, Liberia and La Cote d’ Voire during their breaks to discuss issues targeted at uniting the sub-region including: Tax policies in West Africa, review of some institutions and agencies of the community, including the inter-state group against money laundering (GIABA), the West African Health Organization (WAHO), employment, Youth Sports and Culture among others.

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