The Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament based in Abuja, Nigeria, Mr. Mustapha Cisse Lo, will this week lead a parliamentary delegation to Liberia on a fact-finding awareness mission, the Secretary-General of the Community Parliament, John Azumah has disclosed.
In a released issued by ECOWAS National Office in Monrovia, the delegation is expected to arrive in Liberia this Thursday, September 27, and is scheduled to undertake border visits beginning Friday, September 28 to 30, 2018.
According to the schedule of activities, Liberia and Sierra Leone borders at BO Waterside in Grand Cape Mount County have been approved for September 28, while, Liberia-Guinea borders in Ganta, Nimba County will conclude the missions on September 29h and 30 respectively.
Mr. Azumah also mentioned that given the importance for the regional organization to fully implement the ECOWAS Protocol relating to free movement in member states and periodically monitor the progress, the fact-finding and awareness missions to each member state will involve the participation of government officials working in the relevant national structures including the general public to ensure its success.
The visitations to these major crossing points in ECOWAS member’s states are part of key activities that are being carried out by the Community Parliament in conformity with its planned programs for 2018 and towards strengthening regional integration. Free movement within West Africa is one of the cardinals and pivotal priorities of ECOWAS.