ECOWAS Parliament has concluded its First Ordinary Session in 2017.
The session ended in Abuja, Nigeria with an agreement by the regional body to hold a delocalized meeting in Lome, Togo, to analyze its recently enhanced parliamentary powers.
The Speaker of the Parliament Moustapha Cisse Lo said in accordance with the Vision 2020 of the ECOWAS, to become an ‘ECOWAS of the People’ rather than an ‘ECOWAS of States’, the powers of the legislative institution was enhanced.
“We will take possession of this new powers, it is up to the Member of Parliaments to shoulder their added responsibilities, Mr. Cisse Lo explained.”
The Supplementary Act on enhancement of the powers of the Parliament was adopted on the 17th of December 2016 by the fiftieth session of the summit of the Authorities of Heads of State and government in the area of integration matters and budget.
Mr. Cisse Lo explained that to implement the adopted Supplementary Act, it requires two broad steps; sensitization workshops for community institutions and agencies.
According to him,” this is to acquaint them with the expanded powers of the parliament, and to deliberate on a new collaboration strategy to ensure optimised operation.”
The Speaker noted that the second, is to sign effect an ‘Enabling Rule’ by the ECOWAS Commission’s President as a means of effecting and promoting easy and practical compliance of obligations within the Act by all relevant.
The closing ceremony of the session also saw the re-launch of the parliament’s multi-lingual website.
Mr. Cisse Lo said as part of efforts to promote regional integration and security in the region, parliamentarian delegates will visit the insecure areas of the region to take stock of present circumstances, and canvass for the mobilization of additional forces and spirit to fight terrorism, violence, armed and drug trafficking.
The Speaker also commiserated with families of the victims of the Manchester Bombing in the UK.
“We share in their sadness and condemn firmly such acts,” he added.
He urged the international community to strengthen security in public spaces to curb such violence occurrences.