Integrate state lawmakers, Obasa urges ECOWAS parliament
The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, has urged the ECOWAS Parliament to integrate state lawmakers into their programmes.
The Lagos Speaker stated this in his speech when a delegation of the ECOWAS Parliament visited the state House of Assembly after participating in a programme on maritime security in Lagos on Thursday.
A statement from the Speaker’s media office quoted him as saying that such integration would help engender more development in the various states and regions of the ECOWAS member countries.
“I want to urge the leadership of the ECOWAS Parliament to look at ways of integrating members of the state Houses of Assemblies.
“This will afford opportunity to interact on various development programmes for the states and regions of the ECOWAS member countries,” Obasa said.
He said that there was the need for collaboration with the ECOWAS Parliament to improve trade legislations aimed at developing the economies of the states.
“Here in Lagos, there is a robust trade and commerce structure and we are always ready
to collaborate with other states and countries for mutual benefit of all of us,” Obasa said.
Dr Nelson O Magbagbeola, Secretary General of the ECOWAS Parliament, assured the Speaker that the parliament was already putting measures in place to integrate state lawmakers in its activities.
Earlier, a member of the parliament and Chairman of its Committee Gender Rights, Hon. Kaboubie Sakande from Burkina Faso, told the 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
Obasa later took the visiting parliamentarians on a tour of facilities in the House.
There were 30 parliamentarians spread across Nigeria, Togo, Republic of Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Liberia and Sierra Leone on the entourage.
The Chairman of the House Committee on Finance, Mr Oluyinka Ogundimu, his counterpart in the Committee on Information, Strategy and Security, Mr Tunde Buraimo, as well as the acting Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni, joined the Speaker in playing host to the delegation.