Ecowas Parliament To Take Action On South Africa XENOPHOBIA -As Liberia Hosts ECOWAS 2nd Ordinary Session
ECOWAS Parliament: The ECOWAS Parliament is expected to take a decision through a resolution on the attacks of Nigerians in South Africa during the Xenophobia.
Though South Africa is not a part of States within West Africa, the resolution will be geared towards protecting ECOWAS citizens including Nigerians among others affected by the attacks.
The Xenophobia attacks on Nigerians and other foreign nationals in South Africa came as a result of the uproar of South Africans over the invasion of the country’s economy by those described as foreigners, which resulted to deaths and injuries, including the burning of businesses of both South Africans and Nigerians in retaliation of the attacks.
Speaking during the arrival of a high power delegation of Parliamentarians for the commencement of the second session of ECOWAS Parliament session on Monday September 9, 2019, Liberia’s head of delegation to ECOWAS Parliament, Edwin Melvin Snowe indicated that Nigerian parliamentarians are expected to raise the Xenophobia issue during the deliberation, noting that the Parliament will take a decision on the matter.
Following years of civil unrest and sustained Peace, Liberia is the host of the two weeks ECOWAS parliament second ordinary session beginning September 12, 2019, which intends to discuss issues pertinent to the growth and development of members’ states.
ECOWAS Parliamentarian delegates comprising over one hundred parliamentarians from fifteen (15) countries in the ECOWAS region are expected to hold a seminar on transhumance and inter-community conflict in West Africa; women forum with Liberia’s Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor and the formal opening of its 2nd session by Liberia’s President George Weah.
Also Speaking, ECOWAS Parliament Chair on Legal Affairs, Hon. Christophe Tchao stated that there is a need for continuous discussion on the waves of crimes around Africa noting that dialogue is the way forward.
“We are the same and we need peace because there is no business or movement without peace and our governments across ECOWAS need to uphold the rule of law at the various borders to ensure peace”, Hon. Christophe Tchao of Togo.
Commenting further, ECOWAS chair on Education, Hon. Maetina Toniz stated that Security is the threat to the attainment of Education for children in the sub-region.
She indicated that many kids are currently out of a school which signals out a poor sign for the younger generation of West Africa. “All kids need education and most of them are out of school in the sub region due to security issues”.
Some Members arriving on Monday stated that the session in Liberia is as a result of confidence in the democracy of the country. While in Liberia, ECOWAS Parliamentarians will also discuss issues affecting the sub-region, formulate and adopt a Legislative power in West Africa.
Earlier, during its first ordinary session and parliamentary proceeding, Parliamentarians agreed to foster efforts in strengthening cross border electricity, security integration and one currency issues.
Currently, Ghana and Nigerian are debating as to the where the Central Bank will be situated to host the currencies and other countries with stronger economy will start the implementation of the one currency.
The One currency, according to ECOWAS Parliament will help alleviate constraints faced by business people and enhance trade and boost the economy in West Africa.