Abuja, Nigeria – Hon. Daniel Kidega, the Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), has said that the time has arrived for the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to take on legislative powers.
In his statement, which was made during a solidarity message at the 2nd Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament on 22 September 2016, Hon. Kidega urged EALA to up the push for the adoption of the Supplementary Act on the Enhancement of powers of ECOWAS Parliament.
Such a move, Hon. Kidega notes, would be a precursor to capacitating the ECOWAS Parliament to enact laws and respond effectively to the demands of the citizens of the West African region.
He further remarked that it was in the best interest of the bloc to speed up integration to realise the aspirations of the founding fathers of ECOWAS and those of its citizens.
AWEPA strongly welcomes the EALA Speaker’s call for increased legislative powers and integration. Indeed, in its work with regional parliaments across Africa, AWEPA strives to increase the capacity of these institutions to represent their people, promote integration and provide a critical platform for dialogue and trust-building across borders.
With a long history of providing support to these regional parliaments, AWEPA is a key partner of both EALA and the ECOWAS Parliament through our programme entitled “Taking up the Challenges and Opportunities of the Sustainable Development Goals: Regional African Parliaments in Development”.
The overall objective of the SDG programme is to ensure that all regional parliaments in Africa have enhanced capacity, networks and support to realise their strategic objectives with respect to the SDGs.
Hon. Kidega’s statement is an important signal of solidarity between Africa’s regional parliaments, and a joint vision of increased integration across the continent.