Hon Fredrick Opare-Ansah
June 11, 2023

Former Member of Parliament (MP) of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, Fredrick Opare-Ansah believes the work of electing lawmakers, rest largely on the bloc’s Commission.

Speaker Community Parliament

According to him the Authority of Heads of States and Governments come and go and the chairman of  Authority of Heads of States and Government who has one or two years  tenure would not have enough time for this process to see the light of the day.

He noted in an interview that the decision could take longer than the tenure of a chairman of the Authority of Heads of States, “even if someone did two terms, it will take longer than that to achieve that goal, so the most permanent of the bodies of the institution is the Commission”.

President ECOWAS Commission

“That is where the process has to be driven from; I believe that if they do go through all the motions for preparing for such a thing, whoever becomes chair of the Authority of Heads of States and Government would see reason in granting this particular thing”.

As to whether if Parliament gets its full legislative powers the issue of  subjecting the Commissioners activities to the Parliament is not another fear factor, he noted that they would have to be accountable; the Auditor has currently been elevated to the  level as the same as  commissioners which is a very high level. “So,  whatever you do, this audit will happen today or tomorrow,  someone can always commission an audit to be done to  events  of twenty years ago to look at what happen and so it’s an inevitable eventuality; its better now so that it helps the institution and the entire community to go forward at a faster rate”, he added.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Ghanamps.com