Leaders in West African nations have been urged to promote the ideals of the founding fathers of ECOWAS.
The Speaker, of the ECOWAS Parliament, Mustapha Cisse Lo, made the call in Abuja at the end of the regional parliament’s First ordinary Session in 2018
Mr. Cisse Lo speaking on the commemoration of the ECOWAS day appealed to ECOWAS leaders not to relent in their efforts in ensuring the community’s integration which was the main focus of the founding fathers.
“I cannot close this session without paying tribute to the founding fathers of ECOWAS, who were aware of the need urgent to create a block, able to encourage, stimulate and accelerate of the Member States, economic and social development to improve the standard of living of the people.”
He also emphasized the need for free movement of goods and persons within the region.
”The ECOWAS Parliament which i chair, will lead this battle for the integration of the peoples of the community, through inter alia, the free movement of people and goods, parliamentary diplomacy, the control of projects and programs of the Commission, because the realization of the Vision 2020 which advocated the passage of an ECOWAS of States to an ECOWAS of peoples, requires greater involvement of the Parliament. ’’
Mr. Cisse Lo also urged leaders in the region to bequeath the legacy of a united and peaceful society to the upcoming generation.
“We must be mindful of the legacy we want to leave to our children: the freedom to undertake, to innovate, to travel, to study, to work.”
“Therefore, we must not be too far away from the problems of our people, to be divided, to be ineffective”
ECOWAS is a regional organisation of 15 West African countries established on 28 May 1975 with the main goal of promoting the economic integration among its members.