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Persuasion for Continued Collaboration Among ECOWAS MPs by Acting Speaker Senator Barau Jibrin

The Honorable Senator Barau Jibrin, Acting Speaker of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, emphasized the significance of collective engagement among Members of Parliament (MPs) to enhance the well-being of the West African population.

During the commencement of the 2024 Second Ordinary Session in Kano State, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Jibrin highlighted the challenges faced by MPs in balancing national and regional obligations. He conveyed his gratitude for their dedication to public service and urged them to strive for progress, unity, and prosperity within the region.

The Acting Speaker emphasized the need for thorough analysis of essential documents, including the Rules of Procedure of the Sixth Legislature, the Strategic Plan, and the Work Plan for 2024, to optimize parliamentary efforts. Additionally, he highlighted the significance of the session in facilitating discussions on pressing regional issues, with a focus on achieving peace, security, and stability.

Acknowledging the pivotal role of a strong ECOWAS Parliament in promoting democracy, checks and balances, and accountability, Senator Jibrin emphasized the importance of asserting the independence of the Parliament in fulfilling its oversight and representation responsibilities. He advocated for collaboration with the ECOWAS Commission and the undertaking of joint initiatives to strengthen regional security and foster development.

Regarding the recent departure of Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso from the regional bloc, Senator Jibrin expressed his intention to consult with colleagues and propose the appointment of an Ad hoc Mediation Committee. The committee's mandate would involve working towards rescinding the decision and promoting dialogue to resolve conflicts within the region.

The Acting Speaker also provided updates on the political situation in Togo, reporting positive responses from the Togolese authorities regarding the anticipated inauguration of Togolese MPs. Furthermore, he emphasized the progress made in women's empowerment, collaboration with National Assemblies, and partnerships with civil society organizations to advance regional integration and other objectives of the Community Parliament.

The opening ceremony included the swearing-in of new MPs, welcome remarks from the Governor of Kano State, solidarity messages from the President of the ECOWAS Commission, a goodwill message from Nigeria's Foreign Affairs Minister, and the formal declaration of the session opened by the Acting Speaker. The session will continue with further deliberations and discussions.


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