Tinubu argues for regional integration in ECOWAS.

President Bola Tinubu has urged the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to maintain and strengthen its regional integration.

Tinubu made the demand during the 2nd Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament 2023 in Abuja on Wednesday.

Tinubu, who was represented in the ECOWAS Parliament’s 2023 Second Ordinary Session by Deputy President of the Senate, Sen. Jibirn Barau, stated that regional integration was critical to Africa’s prosperity.

The session will take place from November 22 to December 15, 2023.

Among other things, the session will witness the swearing-in of new legislators.

The parliament will also examine vital problems divided among committees, including agriculture, environment, natural resources, health, legal affairs, gender, and women’s empowerment.

Tinubu expressed hope that the session’s talks will reverberate throughout history and serve as inspiration for future generations.

“As legislators, we must remember that we represent the aspirations and expectations of the people of West Africa, particularly those who have endured enormous sufferings and deprivation.”

“Mr. Speaker, you have shown extraordinary leadership by paving the way for cross-regional collaboration and integration.”

“Your consistent commitment to supporting democracy in member nations and protecting West Africans’ rights to freedom and justice is admirable.”

“ECOWAS has plenty to be proud of; key towns in West Africa are linked by roadways, such as the Nouakchott-Lagos Highway, thanks to ECOWAS initiatives.”

“The Francophone-Anglophone split has been healed, creating harmony amongst the blocs,” he stated.

He went on to say that the European Economic Community had achieved a common currency for its member countries, kept peace, and eliminated passport control within the Schengen area.

“They have successfully merged federation and confederation traits.” Africa’s particular difficulties necessitate even greater collaboration and integration.

“In Sudan, crimes go unnoticed, whereas other regions attract rapid attention.” We must take charge of our own fate by cooperating, partnering, and integrating.

“As a result, I ask, ‘Where do we go from here?'” The road ahead is one of integration and development.

“Integration should not be viewed as a choice but as a necessity.” It is our responsibility to leave a lasting legacy for future generations, knowing that by working together, we can achieve more.

He continued, “Let us work to advance our beloved West Africa by taking inspiration from the European Union’s example.”

The session will also cover the consolidated community budget for 2024 and the status of the ECOWAS Integration and Development Programme.

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