2018 First ECOWAS Parliament Session opens in Abuja

The 2018 First Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament opened Thursday, May 10 in Abuja with a call by the Speaker, H.E. Honorable Moustapha Cisse Lo on ECOWAS Member States and other international organizations to team up to defeat insurgency in the sub region.

The Speaker who made the call in his opening address at the Session lamented that subregion was being held hostage by bandits who have caused a lot of harm urging that all hands should be on deck to wipe out the menace.
“We are surrounded by bandits and we need to work to fight them to save our region from their hands”, he stated.

While welcoming the new President of the ECOWAS Commission, H.E. Dr. JeanClaude Kassi Brou, the Speaker called on MPs to accord maximum cooperation to the Commission, describing Brou as “a man of immersed in value, knowledge and experience”.

He assured the new President that the MPs were ready to work with him for the benefit of the ECOWAS Community. “Mr. President, I want to assure you of our full support.

You can count on the support of all the MPs. We shall speak with one voice. We will cooperate with all other components of the ECOWAS so that we can build a community for our people”

As part of the resolve to ensure full implementation of the Memorandum of Cooperation between Moroccan Parliament and the ECOWAS Parliament, Speaker Cisse Lo also assured that the agreement will be respected by the regional parliament.

He lauded the “excellent ties of friendship and cooperation” between the House of Representatives of the Kingdom of Morocco and the ECOWAS Parliament saying “we shall continue the cooperation agreement we have signed with Morocco”.

The new President of the ECOWAS Community, Dr. Jean-Claude Brou, in his remarks pledged the support of the commission to the ECOWAS Parliament.

In his maiden address to the Parliament, the newly elected President assured of the readiness of all other ECOWAS institutions to cooperate with the parliament to actualize their goals.

With particular reference to the enhanced powers of the Parliament, headed by H.E. Moustapha Cisse Lo, Brou said that the Supplementary Act had paved a way for better collaboration between the Parliament and the Commission.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his unflinching support to the ECOWAS Community; as well as the Federal Republic of Nigeria for being so receptive and accommodating to the community.

“I wish to commend our fathers who deemed it fit under Articles 6 and 13 of the ECOWAS Revised Treaty of 1993 to establish the community parliament so our citizens can have a voice in regional integration,” he said.

He also paid tribute to the Speaker of the Parliament H.E. Moustapha Cisse Lo for his leadership in conducting the agenda of ECOWAS Parliament. “Under you, important progress has been achieved and I would like to thank you for that.

He assured the parliament of his support especially as it relates to its new enhanced powers contained in the Supplementary Act.

The First Ordinary Session will end on May 30.

Source: ECOPARL News

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