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Guinean Speaker Welcomes Move To Set Up Mano River Parliament
By Wilfred Gortor
MONROVIA, January 25 (LINA) - The Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Guinea, Claude Kory Kondiano, has welcomed the move by the leadership of the House of Representatives to establish a Mano River Legislative Parliament.
The formation of a Mano River Legislative Parliament was proposed by the leadership of the House of Representatives of Liberia.
It seeks to form a conglomerate parliamentary body of countries in the region, for the purpose of fostering regional coordination among the nations.
Towards this endeavor, House Speaker Emmanuel Nuquay invited Kondiano to hold further consultative meetings on the proposal by Liberia.
Kondiano, who co-presided with House Speaker Nuquay in Tuesday's session at the Capitol Building in Monrovia, said he hoped that the remaining countries in the region will take interest in the formation of the parliament which, he said, is also important to the region.
"Through this parliament we will be able to share ideas and execute our duties among all the four countries successfully," Kondiano said.
The Mano River Union (MRU) comprises Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and La Cote d’Ivoire.
He said already countries within the Mano River region have a lot of things in common, and as such by formulating a parliament the region will be able to constitute legislations through which most of those institutions can be regulated in the interest of the people.
For his part, Nuquay said the parliament is aimed at fostering relationships among the Mano River countries by ensuring that they harness resources and efforts to work in the interest of their peoples.
Nuquay also said the parliament will be good for the region because as lawmakers they serve the interest of the people by representing them and making laws in their interest and also exercising oversight on the laws that are passed.
He also referenced the fact that there are many institutions functioning within the Mano River Union countries as a result of cooperation among the countries in the region.
"Those programs and institutions are not being monitored by the legislative bodies of the Mano River countries; we believe that the coming into being of the parliament will afford us the opportunity to exercise oversight on those things that are happening in our respective countries," Nuquay noted.