President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria will keep pledges made to the ECOWAS Parliament, and the sub-regional body at large.
The President gave the assurance when he received a team from the ECOWAS Parliament, led by the Speaker, Dr Sidie Mohammed Tunis, in the State House, Abuja, on Tuesday
President Buhari commended the parliament for planning to fill its positions subsequently through elections, which would be incorporated into general elections of member countries, noting that “it would be cost effective.”
On the construction of a parliament building in Abuja, President Buhari said he was pleased that the body was collaborating with the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory.
“We will try to encourage the contractor. All promises we made to ECOWAS Parliament, and the sub-regional group at large, would be fulfilled,’’ he added.
In his remarks, the ECOWAS Speaker expressed sympathy to the government and people of Nigeria on the recent losses from terror attacks.
He also applauded Nigeria for its support to the ECOWAS Parliament.
According to him, the plan now is how to strengthen the body through electing its officials rather than their being appointed.
“When they are elected, they will be more committed, and the election would be tied to national polls of member countries,” the Speaker said.
He assured that the vision for a parliament building would be achieved before May, 2023, so that he can commission it before leaving office.