13 August 2014

West Africa: ECOWAS First Ordinary Session Report Adopted

Lawmakers at the National Assembly Monday unanimously adopted the report of the Gambian delegation to the first ordinary session of ECOWAS Parliament in Abuja, the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Laying the report before colleagues, the National Assembly member for Lower Baddibu, Hon. Abldoulie Suku Singhateh, said they were particularly honoured to have in their midst the vice president of Ghana, representing his president and the president of the Senate, who stepped in for the president of Nigeria. Hon. Singhateh told members that key issues that were discussed included women empowerment and affirmative action on women representation in appointive and elective positions; the security challenges in the sub-region, especially the scourge of terrorism and insurgence in some parts of Nigeria.

"The ECOWAS Female Parliamentarians' Association condemned the brigandage and infamy of the Boko Haram Terrorist Group in its entirety. They sympathised with the families of the abducted young girls from their boarding school in Chibok, north-eastern Bornu State and to all victims of terrorism," he reported, referring to a meeting between the female parliamentarians and the First Lady of Nigeria.

He went on: "The First Lady described the parliamentarians as a conclave of patriots and sub-regional builders. She also advised them to be each other's keeper for the betterment of the sub-region." Hon. Singhateh further indicated that during the sessions, parliamentarians received and dissected the State of the Community Report as tendered by the president of the ECOWAS Commission, as well as the country reports. Seconding the motion, the NAM for Jeshwang, Hon. Haddy Nyang- Jagne, described the meeting as important, in that a lot of issues were discussed including women empowerment.

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