September 19, 2019

Former member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament and President of the Republic of Liberia, George Manneh Weah, has called for active and unrelenting collaboration among member state of ECOWAS Parliament.

Speaking at the opening of the second extra Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament in Monrovia, Liberia, he pointed out that there is a dire need for Parliamentarians to join efforts in moving the West African sub-region forward and solve problems affecting it.

The Liberian President recounted his days as a lawmaker in the Community Parliament and urged lawmakers to lay legacies that would not be forgotten, through hard work and dedication.

“I recall the warm reception I received when I was inaugurated as a member of the ECOWAS Parliament, not only as a colonist, but as a brother and a friend, the relationship built remain active and alive until this moment”.

He noted that it is heartwarming to recall the numerous meetings held in different member states, and the various sessions attended together and representing his country as well as tackling the challenges faced as a community.

“It is based upon this confidence and in accordance with the supplementary act relating to the enhancement of powers of the ECOWAS Parliament that we have gathered here today to deliberate on the issues that affect our community of people”.

President Weah added that the presence of the Parliament, holding an extra ordinary session out of Abuja is consolidating efforts by the parliament in achieving its vested interest which indeed resembles a community of people and not of states.

He further added, “you are all aware of the tremendous challenges faced by every member state as well as their expectances, hence I urged ECOWAS Institution to tackle these challenges, no matter how much we can do by ourselves at the national level, it is not enough, in the state of true collaboration, we in this region must join an action oriented effort to tackle and solve our problems together” Weah said.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/