Speaker of ECOWAS parliament
December 15, 2021

The Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament, Rt. Hon. Dr.  Sidie Mohamed Tunis has expressed optimism that in the year 2022, the regional law making body stands a chance to achieve a lot of its work and mandates.

Speaker Tunis made this remarks on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 during his speech at the closing session of the 2021 Second Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament held in Abuja, capital of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

In his remarks, the Speaker said that considering that 2021 it would mark the middle of his tenure and with the level of enthusiasm they have displayed in 2021, “I have no doubt that it would be a fruitful year.”

Whilst dilating on the 2022 budget of the ECOWAS Parliament, Speaker said he is gratified to announce that the Parliament’s Budget for the year 2022 has been adopted by the ECOWAS Council of Ministers.

He said that the budget promises to achieve long lasting effects, especially in areas of youth and gender development. “I wish to use this medium to extend my profound gratitude to the AFC and the Management of the ECOWAS Commission, for supporting the Parliament’s Gender programme by approving funding. I wish to pledge that we would utilise the funds appropriately, towards meeting the objectives of promoting gender based issues within the general framework of our current Strategic Plan,” Speaker Tunis stated.

In addition to the consideration of the Community budget, the ECOWAS Parliament Speaker said that the Session also dedicated time to examine several referrals from the ECOWAS Commission. “One of which was the draft Vision 2050. Here again, I must admit how proud I am with the seriousness with which we approach the assignment. We were able to consider the document and make our recommendations within the shortest time possible. Let me remind us all that the Vision 2050 document is very central to the future of our region,” the Speaker assured.

He informed the gathering that the ECOWAS Parliament first activities of 2022 will be a Parliamentary Seminar from 26th to 28th January and its First Extraordinary Session from 31st January to 4th February, in Lome, Republic of Togo.