Abuja – The Fifth Legislature of the ECOWAS Parliament will be inaugurated in the first quarter of 2020 following the expiration of the Fourth Legislature, a top official of the parliament said.
According to a statement by the Media Unit of the ECOWAS Parliament, the inauguration of the fifth legislature will take place following the expiration of the tenure of the Fourth Legislature of the sub-regional parliament.
The unit quoted Hon. Kebba Barrow, the leader of the Gambian Delegation to the Meeting of the Conference of Committees’ Bureaux in Banjul, venue of the Extraordinary Session of the 4th legislature of the Parliament, as saying in a chat with reporters that a date would be set for the event.
Barrow noted that Mahamadou Issoufou, the current Chair of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, in consultation with the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou would come up with the date.
“The date will be announced by the secretariat and the invitation sent to the Members of Parliament.
He further said that the Extraordinary Meeting that would hold from Jan. 27 to Jan. 31 would consider some of the issues the ECOWAS Parliament would focus attention on in the 5th Legislature.
“As you already know as per the enhanced supplementary Act, the 5th legislature is going to start in the first quarter of 2020, which has to be confirmed by the current President of ECOWAS Commission where the swearing in of the parliamentarians will be done.
“This thing will be discussed in consultation with the President of ECOWAS Commission and hopefully before the First Extraordinary Meeting for 2020 and the swearing in of the parliamentarians will be done,” Barrow was quoted as saying.
Speaking on a seminar that will hold from Jan. 23 to Jan. 25, the Gambian lawmaker said that the round table would evaluate the report on the activities of the 4th legislature in order to improve on its work during the tenure of the 5th Legislature.
“We have had a consultant look into the programmes and activities of the 4th legislature and that report is going to be presented to plenary so we can look into it and see where we can strengthen as we go into the 5th Legislature,” he added.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Extraordinary Session which held in Banjul, brought an end to the 4th Legislature of the ECOWAS Parliament.