Nigeria, ECOWAS parliament to strengthen ties —NASS clerk

Clerk to the National Assembly (CNA), Alhaji Mohammed Sani-Omolori, said on Sunday that the Nigerian parliament will strengthen its ties with parliaments across the West African region and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, to ensure regional growth.

The clerk, was quoted as making the commitment in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Andrew Oota.

According to the statement, the clerk told the Secretary General of ECOWAS parliament, Dr Magbegbola Nelson, during a courtesy visit at the weekend, that the Nigerian Parliament would not treat the regional parliament with levity.

The statement indicated that the leadership of ECOWAS Parliament was at the National Assembly to congratulate the CNA on his elevation to the highest bureaucratic position in the Nigerian legislature.

The statement mentioned some members of  the top management of the National Assembly at the visit to include the Clerk of Senate, Mr Nelson Ayewoh; secretary legal services, Mr D. T Adem; director, public Affairs, Mr Yahaya Danzaria, among others.

It quoted Sani Omolori as assuring the ECOWAS Parliament of the readiness of the Nigerian Parliament to collaborate with other parliaments in the areas of capacity building for Nigerian lawmakers as well as in the provision of quality advice to lawmakers to ensure that good laws are passed by for use of the people.

The statement also indicated that the CNA told the ECOWASParliament  to see Nigeria as a trusted ally in the quest for a strong democratic culture, adding that “we are committed to having a harmonious working relationship with ECOWAS parliament, we are prepared to partner with ECOWAS parliament and beyond, in other to upgrade and improve the quality of lawmaking in our countries as well as entrench a high democratic culture.”

Secretary General of ECOWAS Parliament, Dr.Magbegbeolawas also quoted as telling the Nigerian CNNA that his visit was in line with the tradition of ECOWAS parliament, which is based in Abuja, Nigeria, to pay homage to the parliament of the host-country.

He equally assured of their commitment to foster a mutual relationship between ECOWAS parliament and the Nigerian parliament.