As the fifth Community Parliament start its first Extra Ordinary meeting in May 2020 and the
composition of the various Committee to be approved by plenary on Thursday 12th March in Niger where it was inaugurated.
Information gathered indicated that, Nigeria might remove some of it’s lawmakers who
would play truant in the ECOWAS Legislative House.
Ghana’s MP, Mahama Ayariga a member on the Selection Committee of the current
Parliament said the National Assembly and Senate of Nigeria have resolved that lawmakers who do
not attend sittings three times without any good reasons would be removed.
Despite Abuja hosting the ECOWAS Parliament with Nigeria having the highest number with
Community lawmakers thirty-five (35) out of the one hundred and fifteen (115) in the life span of the
forth legislature have had a history of absenteeism.
Immediate past Speaker Rt. Hon Mustapha Cisse Lo has had cause to complain of absenteeism of members,
especially Nigeria and other Community lawmaker, whiles leader of the Liberian delegation, Mr. Edwin
Melvin Snowe Junior has complain of attendance of Nigeria Community lawmakers.
In an interview as the Committee on membership Selection was concluding composition of membership
of the various committee he noted that Nigeria would not only want its members to participate but monitor them to ensure that they actively participate at the committee level and plenary.
“I believe the previous parliament was not exciting I was there and you recall several times I did complain
and you interview me, the former Speaker did not encourage or allow members to debate when they
wanted to, ” Ayariga said.
The Bawku Central lawmaker and ECOWAS MP further pointed out that it became a big issue and believe the current ECOWAS Parliament there
would be a lot of changes because the Anglophone Parliaments does not encourage the Speaker to even
participate in the debate.
He added that, where there is likely to be more constrain Speaker’s and afford members the opportunity to debate and address community issues.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Sakyi Danso