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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament on Saturday November 17, 2018, adopted the country report of Gambia, Niger and Burkina Faso, while first Deputy Speaker Sulaimon Lasun Yussuff was presiding. This was at the ongoing second ordinary session of the fourth legislature of the ECOWAS Parliament taking place in Abuja.
Muhamed Magassy presented the country report of Gambia on the political and security situation. He pointed out that the country continues to enjoy political and economic stability since the change of government in 2017.
He said Truth Reconciliation and Reparation Commission was appointed and inaugurated to work for social cohesion, recognize the suffering to restore dignity of thousands of victims who were directly or indirectly affected under the regime of former President Yaya Jammeh.
On political rights and civil liberty, the constitution of Gambia guaranteed freedom of expression, “over the years state-owned Gambia Radio and Television Service (GRTS) have been monopolized, but with the coming in of the new administration private radio and television stations have been licensed and are operational”.
He said Gambia is ever committed to the ideals of the sub-regional block and shall never relent in its efforts for the integration process of the ECOWAS Community.
The report of Niger was presented by Sawani Karimou on the security situation in that country. He said since the collapse of the Libyan state, Niger, a Sahelo-Saharan country is confronted with threats from various pockets of insecurity at its borders.
On the free movement of persons and goods he noted that his country has ratified the ECOWAS protocol.
Also to present its country report was Burkina Faso and this was done by Benao K. Reine Bertille. She noted that her country had experienced slight upheaval because of the crises in the independent national electoral commission.
He said the security situation in Burkina Faso is yet to improve despite targeted interventions by the defense and security forces, leading to more than four hundred schools being closed and the National Assembly had to meet over the matter in September this year.
“Mr. Speaker a contingency plan was adopted to support the military, taking into account motivation intelligence and massive rapid exceptional recruitment of a contingent in 2018.
Members of Parliament pledge to hand over one million (1,000,000) CFA francs to help the defense and security forces in their fight against terrorism.
Source: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso, Abuja