Foreign

Speaker ECOWAS Parliament pleads for prompt payment of community levy

Published

on

By Lizzy Okoji

Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Mohamed Tunis has pleaded for prompt payment of Community Levy by Member States to  finance projects across the sub-region.

Tunis made the call during the closing of the three-day seminar organised as part of activities of the first physical Extraordinary Session of the Parliament’s fifth legislature in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

The Public Relations Department of the ECOWAS Parliament disclosed this in a statement on Friday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the three-day seminar which will be followed by the Extraordinary Session proper was held from March 23 to March 25.

Describing the seminar as successful, Tunis said the ECOWAS Parliament have adopted several recommendations aimed at improving and collecting arrears of contributions by Member States regarding the Community Levy.

Tunis said the involvement of ECOWAS Members of Parliament in monitoring the implementation of the Protocol on the Community Levy was unanimously adopted.

According to him, the aforesaid levy is intended to generate much needed revenue in order to enable ECOWAS to sufficiently finance its institutions and projects targeted at fostering the integration process.

Tunis added that payment of the levy by Member States would also help by improving the socio-economic livelihoods of the people in the sub-region.

“As you all are aware, the seminar has been educative, inspiring and enriching. The benefits acquired form the deliberations over the past few days are enormous.

“And we are happy that the seminar has achieved the objectives for which it was organized.

“Most importantly, we witnessed the fullest cooperation of Honorable Members of the ECOWAS Parliament, who would agree with me that this seminar has broaden our perspectives on the general overview of the community levy and status of its implementation.

“It was also a forum in which we were presented the status of collection of the community levy, contribution arrears of Member States.

“As well as the prospect of the ECOWAS Community Levy in the face of issues related to the EPAs and the AFCFTA.

“We must be honest that we will face many challenges in implementing the commitments we have made, as some of our countries are in severe economic crisis and some are still focused on tackling other pressing challenges.

“Nevertheless, with a concerted effort we can succeed in getting our States to honor the protocols and declarations we have signed up to.

Tunis said the ECOWAS Parliament stands prepared to follow up on the recommendations emanating from the discussions.

He also pledged the support of the Parliament to the Commission and other Institutions in ways that guarantee robust actions, aimed at mobilizing all member states to fulfill their obligations to the community.

“We take due cognizant of the fact that these resources are germane to the successful implementation of the community programs and projects.

“And it is my expectation that every member of the Parliament will make a genuine commitment to this cause”, Tunis added.

Tunis appreciated the experts for their highly educative and enlightening presentations which have provided important insights that are expected to lead to forward-thinking actions.

According to the statement, also on the conclusion and recommendations adopted included the challenges arising from COVID-19 and how it has impacted mobilization rate negatively to about 30 per cent over the past two years.

Members of Parliament however took cognizant of the need to mobilize resources required to finance the Community Budget, hence the urgent need for each national delegation to be involved in the effective implementation relating to the Protocol.

Members of ECOWAS Parliament who are nationals of Member States were urged to capitalize on the provision of the rules of procedure at the national level to engage the Ministries in charge of Community Levy.

“In order to discuss not only recoveries, but also effective implementation of the said protocol; raising awareness and advocacy should be undertaken by Members of ECOWAS Parliament in their respective States.”

The issues around sanctions for non-compliance are however left to be determined by the Authority of Heads of State and Government.

(NAN)

Short Link: https://wp.me/pcj2iU-3ysQ

NNN

NNN: :is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. Our journalists are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and they strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor[at]nnn.com.ng

Women’s rugby action resumes in Uganda Kwara Govt welcomes 129 doctors, others Customs strike force intercepts 513 bags of foreign rice NABDA partner ABU on genetically improved maize Senate seeks more incentives for new entrants to cement production The FG reaffirms its commitment to the growth of MSMEs to stimulate GDP AU mourns ousted Chadian President Deby Mourning CBN urges banks to support businesses seeking expansion Lawan praises a harmonious relationship between the arms of government Providing public services is key to improving lives – SERVICOM Nigeria and Tanzania support defense collaboration – CDS NIS boss calls for effective border management Saudi embassy donates COVID-19 medical supplies to FG Pantami attack disrupts plan for secure national database – CSO FG, JUSUN / PASAN meeting postponed – Ngige Addressing the Myths of the COVID-19 Vaccine Gasoline Queues: NNPC Increases Daily PMS Trucks To 1,661 Ramadan: Buhari joins the faithful for the annual Tafsir Woman stabs 14-year-old student in Bayelsa to death Nigeria and North Korea to form joint STI committee – Minister FG reaffirms the efficacy of artemisinin against malaria Hoima District frontline health workers hesitate over COVID-19 vaccination, then adopt after WHO assurance Customs intercept hemp, carbide, others with N3.1bn DPV Edo spends 6 billion naira on infrastructure in public primary schools Dr Congo: worrying influx of wounded in Beni and Goma hospitals Minister frowns at lower volume of trade with S’Korea NAPTIP arrests 4 people for alleged sales of babies IUCN’s Inaugural African Protected Areas Congress officially relaunched The Gambia eliminates trachoma as a public health problem Gasoline tail: Kyari informs Buhari and promises to end fuel shortage within hours Buhari mourns President Deby – NIGERIA NEWS AGENCY More than 200,000 people return to Zimbabwe as COVID-19 impacts regional economies NWFL Super Six: Sunshine Queens beat Edo Queens to stay in contention Ondo Electoral Court rejects PDP petition against Governor Akeredolu RTS, S malaria vaccine reaches more than 650,000 children in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi with breakthrough pilot program Lagos State to Hold LG Poll in July CAF Confederation Cup: matches of the fifth day More refugees arrive in Chad following recent clashes in the Central African Republic MMA2 security personnel return lost bag containing 2.35 m N to passenger Japan donates $ 6.5 million to WFP to tackle food insecurity in South Sudan EU launches € 100 million humanitarian initiative to support COVID-19 vaccination campaigns in Africa The transition period in Chad will last 18 months – Military NDLEA Shuts Down Drug Syndicate, Arrests 2 Undergraduates Egypt dismisses head of railway authority following fatal accidents Coronavirus – Malawi: COVID-19 update (April 19, 2021) Coronavirus – Namibia: COVID-19 update (April 19, 2021) Iran rejects step-by-step plan to revive nuclear deal Tigray crisis enters sixth month with no clear end in sight amid ‘serious and continuing violations of children’s rights’ Chad sets up transitional military council headed by son of late president – reports Canon Central and North Africa Further Exploit African Print Market by Appointing Four New Business Partners Across the Continent