By George Randall, GNN Legislative Correspondent
The Government and People of the Republic Niger, through the Niger National of Assembly has reaffirmed cooperation and integration with Liberia, to combine efforts, so that in long term, the economies of both countries, are integrated through increased coordination.
The Deputy Speaker of Niger National Assembly, Hon. M. Oumarou Yahaya, in a two-day’s official visit to Liberia, told the Honorable House of Representatives that Niger seeks bilateral cooperation and integration between the two countries and parliamentary bodies to extend practically to all socio-economic and political spheres.
Speaking in fluent French, Hon. Yahaya indicated that the relationships between Liberia and Niger are not only secular, but they also cover several aspects.
“Indeed, from the day after independence, our States, on an initiative to be praised by the Liberian President William Tubman, undertook the creation of the Economic Community of West African States, the treaty of which was signed on May 28, 1975, in Lagos. The objective of ECOWAS is to promote cooperation and integration in the economic, social and cultural field with a view to achieving an economic and monetary union” Hon. Yahaya asserted.
Stressing on cooperation’s of the two parliamentary bodies, the Niger Deputy Speaker said the two ‘chambers’ belong to several inter-parliamentary organizations including the ECOWAS Parliament, the Pan-African Parliament, the African Parliamentary Union, among others.
On the issues of governance, Hon. Yahaya stated that a considerable progress has been made amid challenges, pointed out that the two countries former Presidents respectively won the Ibrahim Prize, in persons of Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and and Mr. Issoufou Mahamadou.
On behalf of the Niger National Assembly, the Deputy Speaker formally invited the Speaker Bhofal Chambers and members of the House of Representatives to participate in the formal opening ceremony of the 2021 Budget Session.
Hon. Yahaya is also the General Rapporteur of the Budget and Finance Committee of the Niger State House of Assembly.
He was accompanied by Madam Fatima Doubou, Deputy And Members of the Budget and Finance Committee as well as a Parliamentary Secretary.
Meanwhile, the Officer-in-charge of the House of Representatives, Cllr. Kanie Wesso, who is the Chairman on the House’s Committee on Judiciary, thanked the Niger National Assembly and said the bilateral notes will be conveyed to Speaker Dr. Bhofal Chamber who have traveled to Rwanda for an official visit.
One of Liberia’s Representatives to ECOWAS Parliament, Hon. Clarence Massaquoi was in attendance, and also hailed Deputy Speaker Yahaya for visit.
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