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Child trafficking, gender equality top agenda as ECOWAS Parliament begins Session

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The menace of child trafficking and labour, and the efforts to promote gender equality will top the agenda as the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS Parliament) commences its second ordinary session for the year from November 15 to December 14, in Abuja.
A statement issued on Wednesday by the head of communications division of the regional parliament, Uche Duru, made available to BusinessDay, noted that the Parliament in collaboration with development partners such as the Inter-Parliamentary Union, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the United Nations International Children Education Fund (UNICEF) and others would hold seminars and sessions on varying issues.

These include: Strengthening mobilisation against child trafficking and labour: Parliaments efforts; legal framework of the International Humanitarian Law: in providing healthcare and safety within the framework of the fight against terrorism; and Parliamentary network for promotion of gender equality in the areas of agriculture investment and food security.
Others include: Objectives and missions of the centre for learning on evaluation and results and the ECOWAS Agriculture Budget. Also the presentation of Country Reports by each delegation of the Member states form part of the agenda for the 30-day session of the regional parliament.
This will enable the members of the Parliament to be up to date with the progress made in the implementation of the community integration and development.

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According to the statement, the convening of the 2018 second ordinary session is in line with the provisions of Article 27 of the Supplementary Act of the Parliament, which provides that the ‘Parliament shall meet twice a year in Ordinary Session and must not exceed a period of one month.’
The statement added that parts of the activities lined up for the session include the presentation of the Report on the ‘Status of the Community’ by the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou. Other guests to attend the opening ceremony include; the President of the Community Court of Justice, Edward Asante; President of the pan-African Parliament, Roger Nkolo Dang and the President of the Nigerian Senate, Abubakar Bukola Saraki.
Others include; Chairman of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers, Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama; Speaker of the National Assembly of Liberia, Bhofal Chambers and the President National Assembly of Niger Republic Ousseni Tinni, amongst others.

Additionally, the ECOWAS Parliament and the National Assembly of Burkina Faso, in partnership with the West African Health Organisation (WAHO), will jointly organize a seminar in the course of the session under the theme “Demographic Dividend” among other seminars to come up during the session, the statement said.The menace of child trafficking and labour, and the efforts to promote gender equality will top the agenda as the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS Parliament) commences its second ordinary session for the year from November 15 to December 14, in Abuja.
A statement issued on Wednesday by the head of communications division of the regional parliament, Uche Duru, made available to BusinessDay, noted that the Parliament in collaboration with development partners such as the Inter-Parliamentary Union, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the United Nations International Children Education Fund (UNICEF) and others would hold seminars and sessions on varying issues.

These include: Strengthening mobilisation against child trafficking and labour: Parliaments efforts; legal framework of the International Humanitarian Law: in providing healthcare and safety within the framework of the fight against terrorism; and Parliamentary network for promotion of gender equality in the areas of agriculture investment and food security.
Others include: Objectives and missions of the centre for learning on evaluation and results and the ECOWAS Agriculture Budget. Also the presentation of Country Reports by each delegation of the Member states form part of the agenda for the 30-day session of the regional parliament.
This will enable the members of the Parliament to be up to date with the progress made in the implementation of the community integration and development.

According to the statement, the convening of the 2018 second ordinary session is in line with the provisions of Article 27 of the Supplementary Act of the Parliament, which provides that the ‘Parliament shall meet twice a year in Ordinary Session and must not exceed a period of one month.’
The statement added that parts of the activities lined up for the session include the presentation of the Report on the ‘Status of the Community’ by the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou. Other guests to attend the opening ceremony include; the President of the Community Court of Justice, Edward Asante; President of the pan-African Parliament, Roger Nkolo Dang and the President of the Nigerian Senate, Abubakar Bukola Saraki.
Others include; Chairman of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers, Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama; Speaker of the National Assembly of Liberia, Bhofal Chambers and the President National Assembly of Niger Republic Ousseni Tinni, amongst others.

Additionally, the ECOWAS Parliament and the National Assembly of Burkina Faso, in partnership with the West African Health Organisation (WAHO), will jointly organize a seminar in the course of the session under the theme “Demographic Dividend” among other seminars to come up during the session, the statement said.