The President of UEMOA Court of Justice, Mrs Josephine Suzanne Ebah-Toure, has congratulated the Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament for the much he has achieved within a short time and especially, the feat of the enhancement of powers of the Parliament.
Mrs Ebah-Toure, who spoke while on a courtesy visit to the Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament, Moustapha Cisse Lo, at the seat of ECOWAS Parliament in Abuja, expressed UEMOA’s desire to learn from ECOWAS Parliament, especially in the areas where it is lagging behind.
In his opening remarks, Speaker Cisse Lo expressed delight at hosting the Presidents of both Courts.
He stated that the parliament is a symbol of the peoples’ power and democracy and explained that its statutory meetings by way of ordinary sessions, extra-ordinary sessions and committee meetings center on the burning issues in the region and the quest to address such issues.
He further said that the Parliament also holds some activities in Member States, on pertinent issues including fact-finding missions and delocalized committee meetings.
He further detailed that such meetings already held in seven Member States, some of which had in attendance Heads of government, senior government officials, private sector operators and members of the organized civil society.
Cisse Lo submitted that it was the first time the President of UEMOA Court of Justice was paying a visit to Parliament since his election as Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament and therefore averred that the visit will pave way for a concrete relationship that will breed continuous exchange of ideas on possible areas of collaboration between the two institutions, for the development of the region and the benefit of the people.
In his remarks, the President of ECOWAS Court of Justice, Hon. Justice Jerome Traore, explained that the President of the UEMOA Court of Justice and her delegation were in Abuja within the framework of a planned working visit, for exchange of ideas on judicial matters as well as to hold a dialogue of Judges. Eulogizing the Speaker, he praised him for his dynamism and the much impact he has made within a short time.
He extolled the good working relationship that exist between the ECOWAS Court of Justice and the Parliament, agreeing that the parliament is an unavoidable institution in the ECOWAS Integration project.
He congratulated the Speaker for his attainment on the heels of the enhancement of powers of the Parliament, saying the achievement represents a major stride and chipped in his hope for the full powers of law making and other Legislative functions to be granted the Parliament in due course.
Responding, the Speaker expressed his happiness to play host to the UEMOA delegation an institution he had served for eight years prior to his joining ECOWAS Parliament.
He reminded all that UEMOA is part of ECOWAS and affirmed the region’s unity as one.
He urged ECOWAS and UEMOA to work together to attain his desire as a Pan-Africanist by leaning toward creating one big market for the region.
The President of UEMOA Court of Justice visited with a delegation comprising her counterpart at the ECOWAS Court of Justice, Hon. Justice Jerome Traore, the Chief Registrar of ECOWAS Court of Justice, Tony Anene-Maidoh, the Advocate General of UEMOA Court of Justice, Mrs Victoire Eliane Allagbada Jacob, Head of communication of UEMOA Court of Justice, Mr. Euloge Akpo and the Chief Adjuctant of UEMOA Court of Justice, Maite Hamidou Yameogo. In the Speaker’s team to receive his guests were Mrs Aminata Kamara Toungara, the 2nd Deputy Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament, Dr. Nelson Magbagbeola, the Secretary General of ECOWAS Parliament, Ms. Anna Jagne, the Director of Administration and Finance and Mrs. Uchenna Duru, the Ag. Chief Communication Officer of the Parliament.
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