By JOSEPH ERUNKE
ABUJA – DEPUTY Senate President and Speaker of the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS Parliament, Ike Ekweremadu, has solicited greater sub-regional synergy to tame the menace of insurgency in West Africa.
Senator Ekweremadu said terrorism was a transnational crime that could only be overcome through intensive transnational efforts and cooperation.
A statement from his Special Adviser, Media, Uche Anichukwu, said the Deputy Senate President spoke yesterday, during separate working visits to the President of Cape Verde, Jorge Carlos Fonseca and the Prime Minister, Hon. Jose Maria Neves.
The statement added that Senator Ekweremadu, had earlier, while addressing participants at a sub-regional workshop on the Enhancement of the Powers of the ECOWAS Parliament in the island nation, insisted that for terrorism currently ravaging the African sub-region to be defeated, all countries in the region must cooperate.
“We are here to share our vision for the enhancement of the powers of the ECOWAS Parliament and what the sub-region stands to benefit from it with the President and the Prime Minister.
“We also looked at other critical issues concerning the sub-region such as terrorism, piracy, human trafficking and agreed on the need for the regional parliament and our respective national parliaments and governments to work harder on these concerns to achieve greater regional integration and prosperity,” he reportedly reporters covering that country’s State House.
Meanwhile, addressing his colleagues at the regional workshop earlier, Senator Ekweremadu reiterated the determination of the Third Legislature of the Community Parliament under his leadership to actualise the enhancement of the powers of the Community Parliament.
The Speaker also doubles as the Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, encouraged his colleagues not to relevant but increase their advocacy efforts at their national levels.
He added: “History is not given, but made, for those who wait for history to make them, would never have pride of place in it.”