The Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament, Hon. Moustapha Cissé Lô in his opening speech on the occasion of the Extra Ordinary session of the Parliament at the institution’s seat in Abuja on April 11 2016, commended his colleagues on the electoral process that brought him to power in a unanimous vote on February 4 2016, which equally saw the election of the Four Deputy Speakers of the Parliament.
In his welcome address, he emphasized on the importance of a Strategic Plan which formed part of the agenda of the meeting as well as the status of enhancement of powers of the Parliament and the work Programme of the Standing Committees which the Members of parliament are expected to work with for the next Four years. Making reference to the significance of a Strategic Work Plan, the Speaker in his words stated that: “Management has become more scientific than ever before… the main objective is to establish evidence of linking each action to a particular result. It is therefore worthy of commendation that even at the level of the Community, Results Based Management (RBM) is being practiced and hence the need for all Institutions to design and implement a Strategic Plan”.
Hon. Speaker Cissé Lô urged his colleagues to be results oriented as he pledged his commitment towards achieving the project of the Enhancement of Powers of the Parliament as championed by the Ike Ekweremmadu-led 3rd Legislature.
Speaking further, the Hon. Speaker acknowledged the success recorded in the Member States that held elections within the region in 2015 and recently, The Republics of Benin and Niger in 2016. He suggested that such feats are attainable in a collaborative effort as seen in the cooperation by Member States in the election observation. Subsequently, he praised the efforts of the Nigerian government in the fight against the menace of Boko Haram, while recognizing the contributions of the Governments and people of Niger, Benin, Chad and Cameroun to ending the insurgency.
Additionally, Speaker Cissé Lô announced to Parliament the appointments of His Excellency, Mr Mercel Alain De Souza, as the President of the ECOWAS Commission as well as the Vice President and some new Commissioners. He reiterated the readiness for the continued partnership of the Parliament with the Commission in order to achieve the objectives of the Community. He further officially unveiled the new management-level staff of the administrative arm of the Parliament to include the newly appointed Secretary General, Dr Nelson Olalekan Magbagbeola, Director of Parliamentary Affairs, Mr Bertin Somé and Director of Administration and Finance, Ms. Anna Jagne.