The Vice President of the ECOWAS Court of Justice, Honourable Justice Justice Gberi-Bè Ouattara, has reassured the regional parliament of the Court’s commitment to consolidate relations with institutions of the Community in order to build the synergy necessary for effectiveness.

‘The Court is committed to contribute its stone to the construction of the Community edifice by rendering justice that soothes, reassures and create the required balance’ towards the smooth functioning of the Community,  the Vice President said at the opening of the second ordinary session of the ECOWAS Parliament in Abuja on 15th November 2018.

He stressed the importance of the two institutions for the wellbeing of community citizens and described the invitation of the Court to the ceremony as an expression of the will of the parliament to contribute towards the consolidation and strengthening of the two institutions.

He pointed out the complementary roles of the two institutions with each of them saddled with a specific responsibility towards the attainment of the objectives of the Community, adding ‘as much as the Parliament is the voice of the population, justice is the foundation or, if you prefer, the keystone of the social edifice ".

The Vice President, who represented the President at the ceremony, described the Parliament and the Court of Justice as two important and key entities in the construction of democracy. In this regard, he said that the Court was through the exercise of its responsibility for the application of Community law, contributing to the development of democracy, the consolidation of the rule of law and maintenance of peace.

He also addressed the issue of the prerogatives of Parliament and expressed optimism that it will become a regional parliament with full legislative powers in order to realise its true status as a Community legislature instead of the current status of an advisory legislature.