Illegal Recruitment Process: ECOWAS Speaker Constitutes Committee Over Nigeria’s Secession Threat


Regarding the threat by Nigeria to dump the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, the Right Honorable Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Dr. Sidie Mohamed Tunis, has constituted an AdHoc Committee to investigate allegations of malpractice against Nigerian candidates in the recruitment process at the ECOWAS Parliament.

Recall that only last week, TV360 reported that the First Deputy Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase alongside the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the ECOWAS Commission, Ambassador Musa Sani Nuhu, weighed the option of Nigerian Legislators pulling out of ECOWAS if the Country’s benefit from the regional body does not equate with its investment.

Also of interest to the Nigerian Parliamentarians was the casualization of staff by ECOWAS institutions, as well as flouting of resolution of the Parliament on the ongoing recruitment exercise.

However, in a swift reaction to these concerns, the ECOWAS Speaker has appointed an Adhoc Committee to investigate the alleged marginalization and malpractice.

A Press Statement made available to TV360 by Uchenna Duru-Nwaotule, the Chief Communication Officer of ECOWAS Parliament reads in part:

The action of the Honorable Speaker is in conformity to Rule Thirty-three (33) and Thirty-four (34) of the Rules of Procedures of the Parliament which provides that a Special Committee may be set up to address specific matters. The Speaker, in response to pressing emergencies, can set up an Ad Hoc Committee, in consultation with the Bureau, and inform Parliament at its next Session.

The Adhoc Committee would be headed by Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, Chairman of the Committee on Administration, Finance, and Budget. Other Members of the Committee include:

a. Hon. Lynda Chuba Ikpeazu – Nigeria

b. Hon. Fatoumatta Njai – The Gambia

c. Hon. Amadou Djibo Ali – Niger

d. Hon. Kounon Nahou Agbandao -Togo

e. Hon. Caramo Camara -Guinea Bissau

f. Hon. Moussokora Chantal Fanny – Cote d’ Ivoire

g. Mr. Arboncana Oumarou Dicko       – Clerk to the Committee

The Terms of Reference of the Ad Hoc Committee shall be as follows:

– Investigate allegations of inappropriate conduct in the ongoing recruitment process at the ECOWAS Parliament;

– Investigate and determine if indeed the plenary adopted any Resolution concerning the subject matter (Recruitment of Staff), using normal parliamentary procedure;

In the execution of its mandate, the Committee shall be granted access to all documents relating to the recruitment exercise and work with the Advisory Committee on Recruitment and Promotions at the ECOWAS Parliament, to under-study and review the exercise. The Adhoc Committee would be guided by the provisions of the Supplementary Act and the ECOWAS Staff Regulations.

The work of the Ad Hoc Committee is expected to commence on 22nd  August 2022 and its findings are expected to be reported to the Honorable Speaker in one week, following which a Bureau meeting will be convened to consider the report for onward submission to the Plenary.

In the meantime, the Right Honourable Speaker has directed the suspension of the ongoing recruitment exercises, pending the outcome of the investigation by the Independent Adhoc Committee.

Finally, the ECOWAS Parliament, under the leadership of Right Honourable Dr. Sidie Mohamed Tunis, affirms its stern commitment to fair labor practices and is devoted to upholding and protecting the rights of all Citizens of the Community to aspire for positions in any Community Institution, in line with the provisions of the ECOWAS Staff Regulations and all related Protocols.


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