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Nigerian Senator seeks independence of ECOWAS Parliament

Posted by African Press International on September 21, 2007

Lagos (Nigeria) Nigerias Deputy Senate President Ike Ekwerenmadu, Thursday said that members of the ECOWAS Parliament would work to ensure its independence.

Ekwerenmandu told journalists at the ongoing Second Extra-Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament in Abuja that “What we have now is almost like a transition parliament, so we are going to get into the real parliament itself in the sense of direct election.”

“We will also work to ensure not only the independence of the parliament, but also larger powers for it so that its decisions can be binding on all in the sub-region, he said.

Meanwhile, the Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament, Mr Mahamane Ousmane, had said that the Parliament would be repositioned in to strengthen its relationship with the Commission.

Ousmane, who declared open the second Extra Ordinary Session of the parliament Wednesday in Abuja, said that with the numerous elections in the sub-region and new members on board, legislation would be given adequate attention.

Ousmane als said that the meeting also marked the transition towards a parliament with greater legitimacy and more extensive powers.

Published by Korir, API*APN tel +47 932 99 739 or +47 6300 2525 source.apa

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