ECOWAS Parliament Inaugurates Sixth Legislature

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Ecowas Parliament Inaugurates Sixth Legislature
Ecowas Parliament Inaugurates Sixth Legislature

The official swearing-in ceremony for the new ECOWAS Parliamentarians was chaired by H.E. Bola Ahmed Tinubu, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The event took place on Thursday, 4 April 2024, at the Abuja International Conference Center in Nigeria.

The Inaugural Session was attended by H.E Bola Ahmed TINUBU, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Chairman of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, H.E. Yusuf Maitama TUGGAR, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Chairman of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers and H.E Dr Omar Alieu TOURAY, President of the ECOWAS Commission.

Ecowas Parliament Inaugurates Sixth Legislature
Ecowas Parliament Inaugurates Sixth Legislature

Speaking at the ceremony, President Ahmed Bola Tinubu stated his readiness to support a proposal for the direct election of members of the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States. “This principle is also in line with the spirit of the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance, and we believe this would ensure that citizens have a direct say in their representation and the legitimacy and credibility such a process will confer,” the Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government said.

Ecowas Parliament Inaugurates Sixth Legislature
Ecowas Parliament Inaugurates Sixth Legislature

Addressing the opening ceremony, H.E. Dr. Omar Alieu Touray, President of the ECOWAS Commission, noted that the inauguration of the 6th Legislature attests to the entrenchment of democracy in West Africa. “Despite recent challenges, our Community remained determined to pursue democracy and good governance. It is for this reason that the ECOWAS Heads of State instructed at their last session that the people’s representatives should continue to play their role in the ECOWAS Parliament, even when unconstitutional changes of government occur in their home countries,” he said.

Ecowas Parliament Inaugurates Sixth Legislature
Ecowas Parliament Inaugurates Sixth Legislature

“Over the years, the ECOWAS Parliament has intensified its efforts to ensure that the aspirations of ECOWAS citizens are taken into account in the integration process. At this stage in the history of our Community, we are faced with the challenges of unity, security, good governance, and development. The task before us, and the 6th Legislature, is to works towards restoring unity in our Community, promoting security cooperation, and advancing good governance and development. The citizens of the Community aspire to improved security and living conditions,” Dr Touray added.

Ecowas Parliament Inaugurates Sixth Legislature
Ecowas Parliament Inaugurates Sixth Legislature

A total of 92 Parliamentarians took the oath of office before the Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Community institution for a four (4) year term under the 6th Legislature of the ECOWAS Parliament. Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger have not yet sent any Parliamentarians to represent them in this sixth Legislature.

Ecowas Parliament Inaugurates Sixth Legislature
Ecowas Parliament Inaugurates Sixth Legislature

It should be recalled that the ECOWAS Parliament is an institution born of the determination of all ECOWAS Member States to work together to achieve regional integration.

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