The Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS Parliament, has pledged its commitment to tackle Transhumance and Intercommunity conflicts in the ECOWAS Region.
The Speaker of the Regional Parliament, Mr. Moustapha Cisse Lo, made the commitment during the opening ceremony of the Parliamentary Seminar on Transhumance and Inter-community Conflicts in the ECOWAS Region in Monrovia, Liberia.
Mr. Cisse Lo disclosed that the region has been plagued by various crises for more than a decade.
He said the most worrying is the terrorism that is rampant in many Member States, citing the case of farmers and herdsmen attack across the Region.
According to Mr. Cisse Lo,” the general objective of the ongoing seminar is therefore to strengthen the capacities of Community Members of Parliament on issues related to the problem of transhumance and the management of inter-community conflicts within the ECOWAS region.”
“At the end of the ongoing Parliamentary seminar, strategies of curbing and bringing intercommunity conflict to an end will be realized.”
In his address, the Speaker of the Liberia House of Representatives, Dr. Bhofal Chambers said that efforts by the regional body to bring about socio-economic synergy between and amongst the peoples of ECOWAS states must take cognizance of the respective cultures and values of its peoples.
“Transhumance is the movement of people with their animals or livestock from one place to another in search of food and better weather for their livelihood, whilst intercommunity conflicts deal with people’s inability to coexist in social or cultural diversities” Bhofal explained.
“As the region moves more closely together, the means and mechanisms for ECOWAS citizens to live more peacefully cannot be over emphasized” Dr. Bhofal said.
Dr. Bhofal further admonished the Parliament to consider the sociology of the people of the region, ranging from their traditions, culture, religions and their respective economies to ensure a proper policy prescription that suits their well being.