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National Assembly of Nigeria Renews Support for Parliament on Enhancement of Powers

Feb 04, 2016

The President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Bukola Saraki has declared that the Nigerian National Assembly is ready to work with the ECOWAS Parliament to achieve its objective of transiting from an advisory body to a co-decision and law-making body for the West African region but that it requires the Parliament’s full commitment for this to happen. In his goodwill message at the inauguration of the Fourth Legislature in Abuja, Nigeria on Thursday, Senator Saraki noted that a parliament should make laws and conduct oversight functions for it to be able to actualise the vision of the people it represents. “We are ready to work with you to achieve your objective,” Senator Saraki stated. He said the Third Legislature clearly made the Enhancement of the Power of Parliament its agenda from inception in August 2011 and that “The greater part of the effort of the Parliament was geared towards achieving that objective.  “As at today, all that was needed to be done had been done by the Parliament and other bodies of the Community towards enhancing the powers of the ECOWAS Parliament. The People of the sub region are also ready. It is time to make the difference that would better their lives.” The President of the Nigerian Senate stressed. Senator Saraki explained that the ECOWAS Parliament has made significant progress in its sixteen years of existence towards nurturing the vision of the founding fathers, strengthening the collective aspirations and providing a platform for integration even with the challenges it faced. He charged the Parliament to do more to recreate the West African sub-region and raise the living standards of the people who look up to their regional lawmakers to “fashion the necessary platforms, frameworks and agreements that would enable us cement our relationship and partnership and demonstrate that we share same aspiration and destiny.” On the growth of terrorism in some parts of the ECOWAS region, he warned that eliminating the menace will be difficult to achieve unless member states cooperate. For him, the Parliament has a major role to play in in ridding the sub-region of terrorism both as a coordinator of regional effort and initiator of the right legal framework for a cohesive regional effort. According to the Senate President, the Parliament has performed creditably in addressing the several crises that had cropped up in the sub-region.

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