March 13, 2020
A member of Ghana’s delegation to the fifth Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, Mahama Ayariga has hinted of an introduction of a new novelty in the parliament.

According to him, the Ad Hoc Committee on rules of procedure is introducing parliamentary questions where various sector Commissioners of ECOWAS would answer and there would be statements on the floor of the House.

He further noted that it would create the enabling environment for MPs to raise a lot of questions and hold various ECOWAS Agencies and Institutions more accountable especially with the enthusiasm exhibited by lawmakers turning up in their numbers.

“You see, Nigeria has eventually changed its membership with the entire thirty-five (35) membership; new membership of thirty-one (31) and retaining only four (4) old members. The change alone the parliament has become new. Other countries have had their MPs changed with new set of MPs, and with the enthusiasms, I hope we would start with all seriousness”.

Again, MPs should bring issues that affect ECOWAS citizens to the Parliament as they look to the Parliament to make important procurement and resolutions that have a direct effect on their day to day challenges, he stated.

“I have told you before that Francophone parliamentary system is not exciting as the Anglophone so we would try as much as possible to let the Anglophone parliamentary practice inform the workings of the fifth legislature and will attract the attention of members who would be visible.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/