47th Anniversary: ECOWAS Remains A Force To Be Reckoned With Despite Complexities – Speaker Tunis

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The ECOWAS Parliament has reassured the people of the sub-region of its unrelenting drive towards adequate representation and strong demonstration with a view to achieving regional integration.

A Statement by the Speaker of the Community Parliament, Sidie Mohamed Tunis on the occasion of the 47th ECOWAS Day revealed that the ECOWAS Parliament remains keen to strengthen representative democracy in the Community and to contribute to the promotion of peace, security, and stability on the West African Region.

“On the auspicious occasion of the celebration of this historic milestone, we reaffirm the Parliament’s commitment in contributing efficiently and effectively, towards the implementation of the programs of the Community and strengthening representative democracy throughout the region.

“We will, within the limits of our mandate, continue to promote peace, security and stability in the region, as well as defend the rights of the peoples of West Africa.”

The Statement called to mind the sensational feats ECOWAS has recorded since inception which have eventually culminated in the momentous and historic 47th-year celebration of regional cooperation and integration, economic activities, monetary and financial cooperation, as well as social and cultural exchanges, all geared towards raising the standard of living of the peoples of the ECOWAS Members States.

“Since its establishment on 28th May, 1975, ECOWAS has evolved through many complexities, thereby situating itself as a thriving Regional Cooperation body, asserting its role in regional and global affairs and discharging its duties to the West African sub-region.

“These have come to bare on the tremendous successes the organisation has recorded in the implementation of key programs including: the Free Movements of Persons, ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme, ECOWAS Monetary Cooperation Program, Peace, Security, Democracy and Good Governance, as well as Agricultural and Infrastructural Policies, to mention just a few.”

The ECOParl Speaker rued the fallout of the political upheaval in some member countries, its attendant effect as well as the rising wave of disruptions which according to him has thrown a spanner in the works.

“While for most of our citizens, the ECOWAS integration process is a huge success story, sadly, our celebrations today of peace, unity and prosperity are over shadowed by the ugly reality of the suspension of three of our Member States; Mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso, which was necessitated by the unfortunate overthrow of democratic rule.

“We are also grappling with terrorist activities in the Sahel, challenged economies, rising cost of basic commodities and the ripple effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Through all these, our determination remains unequivocal and our solidarity, very effective,” Tunis regretted.

 

 




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