The parliament of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has vowed to work with partners to strengthen security in the sub-region Also, ECOWAS has promised to enhance the macroeconomic growth variables of member countries. Speaker of the Parliament, Moustapha Cisse Lo, gave this assurance during his welcome address at the opening session of the 2019 First Ordinary Session of the regional legislature in Abuja. Cisse Lo disclosed that the institution has recorded tremendous giant strides in curtailing insecurity and strengthening political stability in the ECOWAS region.
While congratulating President Muhammadu Buhari on his support and selfless commitment towards the progress of the Community, He noted that ECOWAS was improving on free movements of goods in the region, in a bid to benefit its member states and economy. In addition, the speaker also praised the synergy between the Parliament and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, ‘UNHCR’. He was happy about the fight against impediments that could threaten progress in the region.
In addition to what the speaker said, The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean-Claude KassiBrou, in his remarks, stressed the concerns of the region as the mounting security threats with grave incidences recorded in some countries.
Quoting the President:
“Several countries have suffered deadly attacks against their peaceful citizens. We offer our condolences to the bereaved families, government and people of these sister countries”.
Kassibrou assured that in this regard, the Community will continue working with its partners to stabilize and protect the region from terrorism, piracy, cross-border crimes, and inter-ethnic clashes. He further stated that it had become mandatory on the region to tackle the menace of youth unemployment, migration, and epidemiology diseases, amongst others.