September 5, 2019

Speaker of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, Rt. Honorable Moustapha Cisse Lo, has said the issue of irregular migration is a very burning issue in the West African sub-region.

According to the Speaker the issue can be halted through strengthening of the private sector.

He made this remarks during a three day Parliamentary sensitization forum on Migration in the sub-region in Niamey, Republic of Niger.

Leaders of the West African sub-region were urged to play their roles in creating the best conditions for youths in order to halt the issues of irregular migration.

Rt. Honorable Cisse Lo recounted that in 2018, the sub-regional legislative body was in Agadez on a mission to meet with immigrants and refugees including their authorities and met with the Speaker of the Nigerian’s Parliament and their President, who suggested a forum on the issue and to submit conclusion to the ECOWAS Authorities of Heads of States and Government.

The Speaker further noted that before the end of the life span of the fourth Legislature of ECOWAS, he would want the issue to be resolved, as the sub-regional legislative body would do everything possible at a very steady pace, to conclude the work and help the West African populace.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/