OrderPaperToday – The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has condemned the closure of borders between Nigeria and Benin and that of Niger and Nigeria.

This is just as it called for dialogue to address expectations of all parties.

Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament, Mr. Mustapha Cisse Lo, disclosed this on Wednesday during the opening ceremony of the ordinary session of ECOWAS parliament in Abuja.

Cisse Lo stated, “I have already condemned the closure of the borders between Nigeria and Benin and between Niger and Nigeria during the extraordinary session of parliament that held in Monrovia.

“I also welcome, the tripartite meeting held in Nigeria, Niger and Benin and here in Abuja on Thursday, as well as the initial resolutions aimed at putting in place a permanent framework for dialogue to address all the aspirations of the parties.”

He continued, “I reiterate my call for the opening of the borders between our states and the observance of the protocol on the free movement of persons and goods in the ECOWAS region, which aims to facilitate trade liberalisation and the removal of trade barriers between our states and our people.”

Speaking earlier at the session, the president of ECOWAS Parliament, Mr. Jean Claud, who was represented by Mrs. Halima Ahmed, enjoined the parliament to play and enhance the role of catalyst and lever for economic and social development.

“We must work in coordination and synergy, reinvigorate and restore our framework of exchanges of standing committees of parliament and development of the ECOWAS commission.

“We must also contribute concretely and effectively to the implementation of community programmes that have an impact on our populations, strengthen institutional dialogue and communication.”



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