Jonathan tasks ECOWAS on good governance

PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has warned that forceful takeover of power through coup d’etats will no longer be tolerated in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) sub-region.

The president who gave the warning at the inauguration of the Third Legislature of the ECOWAS

Parliament, in Abuja yesterday, also advised that misguided individuals and groups within the sub-region, who engage in heinous acts of violence, should have a rethink as every effort would be made, not only to resist such attempts but also, bring perpetrators to book.

He stressed that it was high time the sub-region progressed beyond political uncertainty, economic stagnation and social degradation occasioned by coups and other forms of forceful seizure of power.

“We must end the culture of political impurity and establish a society, where transparency, accountability and
egalitarianism subsist”, he said.

Congratulating the third parliamentarians on their selection by their individual countries, he said the experimental legislature, which existed between 2000 and 2005, was to render advisory opinion on issues bordering on integration but could not achieve much. They have, however, succeeded in playing a critical role in conflict prevention and resolution in the sub-region.

He charged the third legislature to consolidate and entrench the achievement s recorded in the two previous legislatures by examining every issue bordering on West African integration. He urged them to comprehend various laudable programmes of the community including the free movement of persons, services and capital, right of residence and right of establishment. The President listed other areas to include ECOWAS energy and agricultural programmes, and work towards improving on them, where necessary for overall development.

With hunger, famine, disease, poor housing and lack of social infrastructure posing a threat to the people, the President tasked regional lawmakers to use the platform to proffer solutions through sound advice to relevant bodies of the community.

Author: nmmin

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