ECOWAS Parliament has reconvened in an extraordinary session to resume the pursuit of the enhancement of powers of the legislature that was disapproved by the Authorities of the Head of States mid last year.
Honorable Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Moustapha Cisse Lo said that the aim of the extraordinary session is to draft and adopt the strategic plan that will guide the activities of the parliament for the next four years.
He emphasized the importance of the enhancement of powers of the legislature saying that the 4th legislative will commence work to boost the achievements of the 3rd legislature.
“The strategic plan is directly in line with the responsibilities given to us by the community. It is the responsibility of the adhoc committee to work on this strategic plan to determine the key areas that we have to work on. It is our responsibility to continue what our predecessors Speaker Ike Ekweremadu has done and to find out why the Heads of State did not adopt or sign the enhancement of powers of the parliament. Together with the ECOWAS commission we are going to look into the necessary amendments. For that purpose we are going to set up an adhoc committee that will look into it immediately. That commission will report to the house committee tomorrow for adoption,” Cisse Lo confirmed.
Reaffirming the Speaker’s statement, First Deputy Speaker, Hon. Lasun Yusuf highlighted part of the clauses in the supplementary act rejected by the Authority of the Heads of States to include the request for the election of parliamentarians at the ECOWAS as separate from parliamentarians at the local national assemblies.
“The Authority of the Heads of States thought that clause among a few other ones was offensive. The clause will be removed. We are going to review them” Yusuf concluded.
However, he assured that the parliament will not begin working on a new Supplementary Act rather it would continue from the success of its predecessor.