– On a visit by members of the ECOWAS Parliament to the Lagos state House of Assembly, Speaker Obasa made a demand that was immediately approved
– The parliamentarians from various countries across West Africa were led by Honourable Kaboubie Reine Bertille Benao Sakande from Burkina Faso
There was joy at the Lagos state House of Assembly on Thursday, November 17, 2016 after Speaker Mudashiru Obasa got the approval of the ECOWAS Parliament to his appeal.
Obasa had pleaded with the parliamentarians, who paid him a visit, to integrate state lawmakers into their programmes so as to help develop the various states and regions of the ECOWAS member countries.
Rt Hon Mudashiru Obasa presenting a gift to Hon Reine Sakande Benao (Burkina Faso) during a visit by the ECOWAS parliamentarians while Hon Cherner Bah (Sierra Leone) looks on
The delegation of the ECOWAS Parliament visited the state House of Assembly after participating in a programme on maritime security in Lagos.
The delegation was made of 30 parliamentarians spread across Nigeria, Togo, Republic of Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Obasa told them: “I want to urge the leadership of the ECOWAS Parliament to look at ways of integrating members of the state Houses of Assembly.
“This will afford to interact on various development programmes for the states and regions of the ECOWAS member countries.”
The speaker also said there was need for collaboration with the ECOWAS Parliament in order to improve trade legislations aimed at developing the economy of the states.
“Here in Lagos, there is a robust trade and.commerce structures and we are always ready to collaborate with other states and.countries for mutual benefits of all of us,” Obasa said.
Hon Yinka Ogundimu; a member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Sen Prince Yormie Johnson (Liberia); Speaker Mudashiru Obasa of the Lagos Assembly; and the acting clerk, Mr Azeez Sanni during a visit by the ECOWAS parliamentarians
Dr Nelson O Magbagbeola, secretary-general of the ECOWAS Parliament assured the Lagos Assembly speaker that they were putting measures in place to integrate state lawmakers in their activities.
A member of the ECOWAS Parliament and chairman of its committee on gender rights, Honourable Kaboubie Reine Bertille Benao Sakande from Burkina Faso, told the Lagos Assembly speaker that they were on a programme in Lagos and deemed it fit to visit the state Assembly.
“We are aware of the good job you are doing here and we decided to visit you,” she said.