The Speaker, Ecowas Parliament, ,Moustapha Cisse has appealed to African leaders who are yet to sign the African Continental Free Trade Agreement ,especially Nigeria to sign it to build a strong economic community for the sub-region.
The speaker made the appeal during the opening of the second ordinary session of the ECOWAS parliament in Abuja.
He disclosed that members of the ECOWAS Parliament who are representatives of the thirteen countries in the sub region will be meeting at the committee level to discuss issues relating to development in the sub region.
The issues according to him bothers around migration, women, child trafficking and labour, demographic dividend, and Agriculture, as well as the 2019 budget of the community, the economy amongst others.
Cisse believed that in 2019 , two major countries Nigeria and Senegal will be having their general elections was responsible for the low turnout of legislators committed to their campaigns.
He also said “These two elections are on the way the role of media is primordial to strengthening democracy in the regions”.
The Parliament this session is expected to consider and adopt the draft agenda and draft work program of the November 2018 ordinary session of the Parliament, standing and ad hoc committees.
The session will also consider draft report of September 2018 extraordinary session, establishment of an ad hoc committee to consider the draft 2018 budget of the community and adoption of activities of the Parliament.
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