ECOWAS Parliament to Convene Second Extraordinary Session in Kano, Nigeria

Preparations are complete for the Second Extraordinary Session of the Sixth Legislature of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, set to take place from May 20 to May 25, 2024. The session will be hosted at the Bristol Hotel in Kano, Nigeria’s commercial center.

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ECOWAS Parliament to Convene Second Extraordinary Session in Kano, Nigeria

This significant event will bring together parliamentarians from ECOWAS member states, including Nigeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo. The session aims to enhance dialogue, consultation, and consensus among representatives to strengthen regional integration.

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of Nigeria, who also serves as the Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, will attend. President Tinubu was present at the inaugural session of the Sixth Legislature of the ECOWAS Parliament on April 4, 2024.

Senator Barau I. Jibrin, the Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, was elected as the First Deputy Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament during the April inauguration, highlighting Nigeria’s pivotal role within the regional body.

Ismail Mudashir, Special Adviser to the Deputy President of the Senate on Media and Publicity, emphasized the session’s importance for advancing ECOWAS’s goals. “The Second Extraordinary Session of the Sixth Legislature is a crucial opportunity for West African representatives to engage in meaningful dialogue and collaboration,” Mudashir said. “The participation of parliamentarians from across the region demonstrates a shared commitment to promoting integration and addressing common challenges.”

The ECOWAS Parliament, known as the Community Parliament, is a key institution within ECOWAS. Established under Articles 6 and 13 of the revised 1993 ECOWAS treaty, it serves as the Assembly of Peoples of the Community. With 115 seats allocated among member states based on population, the Parliament is a forum for dialogue and consensus, aiming to enhance political and economic integration in West Africa.

As preparations for the session conclude, discussions will focus on critical regional issues, including economic development, security, and social cohesion. The Parliament will explore strategies for sustainable development and cooperation, aligning with ECOWAS’s broader goals of regional stability and prosperity.

Kano’s selection as the host city underscores Nigeria’s strategic importance within ECOWAS. Known for its rich history and economic vitality, Kano provides an ideal setting for the Parliament’s deliberations. The city’s dynamic commercial activity and cultural heritage reflect the diverse and vibrant nature of West Africa.

Local authorities and organizers have ensured all logistical arrangements are in place for a successful event. Enhanced security measures will guarantee the safety of all participants, and the Bristol Hotel has been prepared to host the distinguished guests.

As the Second Extraordinary Session of the Sixth Legislature of the ECOWAS Parliament begins, the region’s attention will be focused on Kano. The outcomes of this session will likely have significant implications for the future of regional integration and cooperation in West Africa.

The session’s agenda, expected to be released soon, will outline the specific issues and topics to be addressed. Discussions are anticipated to cover a wide range of subjects, from economic policies and trade agreements to security concerns and social development initiatives.

The ECOWAS Parliament’s role as a platform for dialogue and consensus is critical, given the complex challenges facing the region. The Second Extraordinary Session represents a significant opportunity for member states to reaffirm their commitment to the principles of cooperation and integration that underpin ECOWAS’s vision.

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