ECOWAS seeks UN support on regional crisis 


Adoba Echono

The Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States has called for the support of the United Nations and other Development Partners in solving problems across the region.

This call was made at a courtesy visit of the members of the ECOWAS Parliament led by the Speaker, Mr Moustapha Cisse Lo to the United Nations Diplomatic Corps in Liberia.

Speaker Cisse Lo who started by highlighting the role Parliament has played in ensuring that peace and stability was maintained across the region.

He said the Parliament was strongly involved in all functions that concerns the well-being of African countries.

Making impact
Cisse Lo stated that the parliament also supervised various elections of the fifteen countries of west Africa and also controlling the good government in these various countries.

“The ECOWAS Parliament has done so much to solve current problems faced in West Africa, what I am asking of our partners is a support that will enable parliamentarians carry out their task successfully.”

 “We have competent Parliamentarians with great qualities who are capable, ready to work with the aim of making impact across the region and also ready to defend the people of the community.”

Cisse Lo said the support from the International community would help us therefore ensuring that the various problems we face in the region are solved.

Curbing smuggling of small arm
“We invite you people with our humble mind to bring your support to ECOWAS states, we need your help so that we can realise our dream and actualise our goals in West Africa, and also to make West Africa to be a land of development,”
he stated.

Similarly, Senator Sodiq Ibrahim, a member of the ECOWAS Parliament from Nigeria urged the world body to help in tackling issues facing the region.

He called   for sanctions on European countries that  importing arms into the region.

The reason is that the Europeans do not help us in curbing the smuggling of small arms and light weapons into our region.

“We cannot go to farms, we cannot go about carrying out trade and other occupations on our road simply because of attacks being with these weapons that African country do not manufacture,” Senator Ibrahim said.

Senator Ibrahim also called for a sanction of company in Europe that imports arms into the region which has led to conflicts and retarded the development of West Africa.


Lateefah Ibrahim