A general view shows the Ghanaian Parliament in Accra 19 January 2005 during the opening of the 28th summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). ECOWAS members are to choose a new chairman to replace outgoing Ghanaian President John Kufuor and discuss future security needs of the tumultuous region. According to sources within ECOWAS and its member-states, the next chairman is likely to be Mathieu Kerekou, veteran president of tiny, francophone Benin.  AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO

ECOWAS Parliament To Address Insecurity In 2017

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ECOWAS Parliament has revealed that it will address insecurity issues in the region in its first extraordinary session in 2017.

  This is even as Mali has cried out for ECOWAS’ help against increased terrorist attacks in which has resulted to the death of 350 citizens in the country.

Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Hon. Moustapha Cisse Lo said the parliament will intensify its gatekeeping role within the community and brainstorm on insecurity issues in the next parliament session in January 2017.

According to Cisse Lo, the parliament had earlier sent delegates to Mali and Guinea Bissau and had presented its recommendations to the Heads of Governments in the region. However, he noted that the parliament with the aid of the media, will continue to make more voluble the need to address insecurity issues in Mali.

“We decided to meet again in January to brainstorm on security issues in our community and find out what agendas to put in place to ring the bell harder in the ears of the executives and Heads of States,” said Cisse Lo.

Representative of the Malian delegates at the parliament, Hon Yaya Sangare called on ECOWAS to establish a community defense force to oversee security issues in the region.

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