OrderPaperToday– President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, has charged African leaders to be above board in the execution of their roles in order to deliver good governance to their respective citizens.
He also noted that when they perform well, it will be easy to deal collectively with common challenges affecting the region for the overall good of the people.
Lawan made the remarks during the opening ceremony of the 2019 2nd Ordinary Session of the Economic Countries of West African Community (ECOWAS) Parliament in Abuja on Wednesday.
Represented by the deputy Senate president, Ovie Omo-Agege, Lawan reiterated the functions of the parliament as making laws, appropriation and to oversight governance.
“Parliamentarians, we have to be above board in the execution of these roles, not only in the spirit of the times, but most especially to deal with our common challenges as a region for the overall good of the people,” he charged.
Goinf further, he added, “It is a great pleasure to be part of this session of the ECOWAS Parliament. I am glad to note that we have been steadfast in this regard and we should not waiver in our determination to make the people of the region happier.
“It is important to say that our region have been identified with common problems over the years. One of this is poverty. There’s also the problem of accountability and transparency. We also talk about the effects of climate change and similar others.
“The task before us as parliamentarians is to deliberate more, so as to come up with rock solid positions to guide the executive. Our responsibility is legislation, appropriation and oversighting are integral part of governance, as envisioned by the framers of not just our constitution but in tradition of our democracy.”
Earlier, the Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament, Mr. Mustapha Cisse Lo, while declaring the session open, said the parliament was worried about the growing insecurity in the region.
He further condemned the political crisis going on in Guinea Bissau, saying it has disrupted activities in the country in the build up to the presidential election.
“This session is starting immediately with the worrying security situation in our region, notably by the persistence of terrorist attacks.
“The current terrorist attacks in Mali and Burkina Faso, where they have become more deadly, remind us the critical need to respond appropriately to threat. We express our solidarity with countries that have fallen victims to these barbaric attacks, which has plunged families into mourning.”