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ECOWAS will fare better in 2022 – Speaker

The Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Dr Sidie Tunis has expressed optimism that comes next year, the regional law-making body stands a chance of achieving its mandates.

Speaking at the end of the closing of the 2021 Second Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament held in Abuja, Dr Tunis said with the level of enthusiasm displayed by the Parliamentarians in 2021, he had no doubt that 2022 would be a fruitful year.

Whilst expanding on the 2022 budget of the ECOWAS Parliament, the Speaker said he was gratified to announce that the Parliament’s Budget for the year 2022 has been adopted by the ECOWAS Council of Ministers.

He said that the budget promises to achieve long-lasting effects, especially in areas of youth and gender development.

“I wish to use this medium to extend my profound gratitude to the AFC and the Management of the ECOWAS Commission, for supporting the Parliament’s Gender program by approving funding. I wish to pledge that we would utilise the funds appropriately, towards meeting the objectives of promoting gender-based issues within the general framework of our current Strategic Plan,” Speaker Tunis stated.

In addition to the consideration of the Community budget, the ECOWAS Parliament Speaker said that the Session also dedicated time to examine several referrals from the ECOWAS Commission.

“One of which was the draft Vision 2050. Here again, I must admit how proud I am of the seriousness with which we approach the assignment. We were able to consider the document and make our recommendations within the shortest time possible. Let me remind us all that the Vision 2050 document is very central to the future of our region,” the Speaker assured.

Activities for the ECOWAS Parliament in 2022 will commence with a Parliamentary Seminar from 26th to 28th January while its First Extraordinary Session will take off from 31st January to 4th February, in Lome, Republic of Togo.

Reporting by Idara Ukpanyang; editing by Abdullahi Lamino