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Wednesday, 28 September 2016 06:01

COURT PRESIDENT URGES REGION’S PARLIAMENTARIANS TO PROPOSE SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS MILITATING AGAINST REGIONAL INTEGRATION

The President of the Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS, Justice Jérôme Traore has challenged members of the region’s parliament to ‘deeply consider and propose’ ways in which the Community can resolve the political crises as well as the problems of finance and terrorism currently facing the region and impeding its march towards economic integration.


In a goodwill message to the opening of the second parliamentary session of the ECOWAS Parliament on Thursday, 22nd September 2016 in Abuja, the president said their removal will ‘enable the masses of our people live in a secure economic space in peace and harmony and enhance the efficient functioning of Community Institutions particularly in terms of governance.’

As representatives of Community citizens, he urged them to play a ‘crucial role in the on-going effort to create a community of People’ in the spirit of the 2020 vision of regional leaders launched in 2007 that seeks to transform the 15-member Community from that of States to that of the People.

The President, who was elected in July 2016 by his peers, promised to improve the level of cooperation with the Parliament for the purpose of strengthening Community Law, assuring the parliamentarians of the Court’s commitment to play its role in the institutional dialogue required for an efficient Community.

He noted that the 1993 revised Treaty for the Community, complemented by other instruments on the Court, invested it with the mandate to receive applications from Parliament for the purpose of illuminating Community law.

‘Within the scope of the jurisdiction of the Court,’ he assured them that the Court was willing to entertain requests from the Parliament even for the interpretation of the rules of the community parliament.

In this regard, the President said the on-going process for enhancing the powers of the parliament further provides further opportunity for deepening the Court’s involvement in the functioning of the Parliament.

Finally, he urged them to contribute to resolving the ‘democratic deficit’ experienced in the process of West African integration by guaranteeing the involvement of the citizens in the process.

The President was accompanied by the Vice President, Honourable Justice Micah Wilkins Wright to the ceremony, which was also attended by dignitaries including ambassadors of ECOWAS accredited to Nigeria and the Community. 

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