Nigeria has approved $6 million to build a new office for the ECOWAS Parliament, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Speaker, ECOWAS Parliament, said on Monday.
Addressing the second ordinary session of the parliament in Abuja,
Ekweremadu said the Federal Government had already paid the money into
the account of the ECOWAS Parliament.
``We have notified the
President of the Commission of the release of the sum as well as the
intention of the parliament to apply it to the purpose for which it was
``Tender processes and drawings are ongoing.
``Since we have the money intact, I see no reason why we should not complete the building project in a record time,’’ he said.
who expressed gratitude to the federal government, also said that other
financial provisions were being made to renovate the current building
in Abuja currently occupied by the parliament.
The speaker said the need for renovation followed concerns expressed by the members over the state of the building.
said the financial provision was included in the 2012 budget of the
Federal Capital Territory (FCT), adding that work would begin
immediately after the session and would last for a year.
``You would recall that we have variously expressed concerns over the state of infrastructure we met in this complex.
have faced the challenges of leaking roof, non-serviceable elevators,
lack of offices for the members of parliament and some members of staff,
and unsuitable parliamentary auditoriums and committee rooms, to name a
``I therefore approached the President of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Dr Goodluck Jonathan (GCFR), as
well as other relevant Nigerian authorities such as the presiding
officers of the National Assembly, over this matter.
financial provision was therefore made for infrastructural
rehabilitation of this parliamentary complex in the 2012 budget of the
Ministry for the Federal Capital Territory.
``I am therefore
happy to inform you that a contract has already been awarded for the
total rehabilitation of the parliamentary building.
contract covers the full reroofing of the complex, reconfiguration of
the plenary auditorium and the interpreters' booths to meet the taste
and needs of a modern day legislature, provision of brand new elevators,
``Work will commence immediately we are done with this session and will last for about one year.
the enhancement of powers, Ekweremadu expressed delight at the progress
made and urged members to use their positions to reach out to relevant
government organs in achieving the aim.
He reiterated that the
enhancement of powers of the parliament would complement efforts of
national parliaments of member states rather than compete with them.
I expect us to reach out to all ECOWAS institutions and organs, visit
our Heads of State and Government, especially the Chairman of the
Authority of Heads of State and Government, His Excellency, President
Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivorie and the Chairman of the African
Union, His Excellency, President Boni Yayi of Benin Republic.
must take our advocacy to regional elder statesmen, founding fathers of
ECOWAS, and influential voices in the sub-region. We will also partner
with the press to drive our message home.
Amb. Kadre Ouedraogo,
President, ECOWAS Commission, received the draft supplementary Act on
the enhancement of the powers of the ECOWAS Parliament in August.
document is expected to be communicated to the authority of Heads of
State and Government and other relevant organs of ECOWAS.
session is expected to consider and adopt the Draft Report on the 2013
Budget and also adopt the Draft Reports of the first Ordinary session of
The session is expected to end on Oct. 9.