President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, has charged Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliaments to rise up to the challenges of proper integration in the sub region as the needed ingredient for development.
Senator Mark said when he played host to the visiting ECOWAS Parliamentarians in his office in Abuja that such integration was required to facilitate political and economic cooperation.
The Senate President urged member nations to work towards ensuring the improvement in the volume of trade between and among countries in the sub region.
He said: “we must work to create the enabling environment for free movement of goods, services and rights of residence as well as establishment as stipulated in the ECOWAS protocols”.
Senator Mark canvassed that all barriers militating against free flow of goods and services within the sub region must be dismantled, urging member countries to desist from belligerent policies or programmes that are capable of retarding efforts at building an ECOWAS of people with one destiny.
He also implored his colleagues to pass similar (uniform) legislations within the sub-region so that any discrepancies in terms of implementation or operation should be erased.
Besides, he called for synergy between and among member countries to tackle the security challenges in the region.
According to Mark, “we must feel at home within the sub-region. We are one people only separated by languages influenced by our colonial masters”.
Leader of the delegation and Speaker of the National Assembly of Republic of Benin, Mathurin Cofi Nago commended the Nigerian Government for the continued support and sustenance of ECOWAS parliament.
Mathurin however called for synergy in the activities of the ECOWAS parliaments, saying that the objective is to build an ECOWAS community that will be a pride among other parliaments across the globe.