Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has tasked the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament with security and accountability in governance.
Lawan, had on Monday, called on the ECOWAS Parliament to tackle all forms of insecurity arising from acts of terrorism, ethnic conflicts and trans-border crime within the sub-region.
He said this in an address signed by his spokesperson, Ezrel Tabiowo, delivered at the 2023 First Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament, in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Abuja.
Lawan further said that job creation and the stimulation of multipliers needed for economic growth cannot be realised in view of the problems created by insecurity in West African countries.
According to lawan, “The objectives of the ECOWAS parliament envisage a multileveled approach to development, which is why we consider matters of politics, economics, culture and social cohesion in our deliberations.
“As I have always said, our ability to achieve these is a function of how well we reinforce our purpose, which is why the concern for ECOWAS protocol on the Free Movement of Persons and Goods will remain important”, he said.
Lawan also charged the ECOWAS Parliament to ensure accountability in governance among member states, the implementation of trade agreements and protocols, the need to stem irregular migration, as well as sustain the fight against diseases.