Veep Addresses Ecowas Parliament In Abuja

Veep 2The Vice- President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur has urged West Africans to rally together, regardless of status, ethnic association and religious persuasion, to help Nigeria overcome the threat and activities of the terrorist group, Boko Haram.

Addressing the ECOWAS Parliament on behalf of the Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the ECOWAS, John Dramani Mahama, on Monday in Abuja, Nigeria, the Vice-President condemned the acts of violence and terror being perpetuated by the Boko Haram group and called for maintenance of security within the sub-region.

He expressed concern about the abduction of more than 200 school girls in the Borno State, saying it was not only a Nigeria problem.

“Unless we are able to overcome Boko Haram and its ideology of criminalising the rightful quest for education, the future of our sub-region could be badly affected,” he said and called on ECOWAS Parliament to use their relationship with their constituents to prevent and discourage the radicalisation in the society, especially among the youth.

Vice- President Amissah-Arthur also challenged ECOWAS Parliament to do everything possible to promote trade and investment within the sub-region.

The session was the first in the year and coincided with the re-opening of the renovated Office of the Parliament and the foundation-laying ceremony for the construction of the office block for members of the ECOWAS parliament.

He also lauded efforts by the Nigerian Government towards the building of the new office complex.

The Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, commended the modernisation of the chamber and said that the improvement would, besides serving as a morale booster for the ECOWAS Parliament, also cater for the expected higher legislative activities.

Senator Ekweremadu also called for the hosting of a security summit in the sub-region, for a more holistic and strategic approach against terrorism.

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