By John Okeke
The Parliament of The Economic Community of West African States, has called on the support of the United Nations and other Development Partners in solving problems across the region.
This call was made at a courtesy visit of the members of the ECOWAS Parliament led by the Speaker; Hon. Moustapha Cisse Lo, to the United Nations Diplomatic Corps in Liberia.
Speaker Cisse Lo who started by highlighting the role Parliament has played in ensuring that peace and stability is maintained across the region said that the Parliament is strongly involved in all functions that concerns the wellbeing of African countries, starting from the supervision of various elections of the fifteen countries of west Africa and also controlling the good government in these various countries.
“The ECOWAS Parliament has done so much to solve current problems faced in West Africa, what i am asking of our partners is a support that will enable parliamentarians carry out their task successfully.
“We have competent Parliamentarians with great qualities who are capable, ready to work with the aim of making impact across the region and also ready to defend the people of the community. The support from the International community will help us therefore in ensuring that the various problems we face in the region are solved” Cisse Lo said.
He continued, “We invite you people with our humble mind to bring your support to ECOWAS states, we need your help so that we can realize our dream and actualize our goals in West Africa, and also to make West Africa to be a land of development” He added.
Similarly, Honourable Sodiq Ibrahim, a Nigerian delegation to the Parliament lend his voice to that of the speaker, he said “West Africa region is the poorest region on earth. The reason is that the Europeans do not help us in curbing the smuggling of small arms and light weapons into our region”.
Ibrahim continued “we cannot go to farms, we cannot go about carrying out trade and other occupations on our road simply because of attacks being with these weapons that African country do not manufacture”.
Furthermore, Ibrahim called for a sanction of company in Europe that imports these items to non-state actors in Africa.
“The smuggling of this item is making us poorer, and making us by force to cross the Sahara and making us by force to cross the Mediterranean, where we become victims of some of the action of European Imperialism.
“We need to act with strength in order to address this crisis which has made citizens of our regions victims in their own country”. Ibrahim said.