Speaker of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, Moustapha Cissé Lô
ECOWAS Parliamentarians Visit Liberian Judiciary
By Ballah M. Kollie
MONROVIA, April 17 (LINA) – The Speaker of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, Moustapha Cissé Lô, says counterfeit and expire drugs are serious public health issues that have multiple bearings on the lives of persons living in the region.
He pledged the body’s commitment in ensuring that the regions’ vision for 2020 that supports the rights to establishment, free movement, and the wellbeing of citizens is achieved by the end of the period.
Speaking during a visit with member of the Supreme Court of Liberia, Speaker Lô said the visit of his delegation is based on the cardinal role the judiciary will play in the enforcement of regulations and decision reached by member countries.
“Our visit is also to talk with you about how the burning issues of regional integration remains a challenge despite the decision by member countries,” he noted.
He stresses that to protect citizens there must be laws and regulations that are enforceable by the judiciary.
Lô assured that Parliamentarians will play their role by raising awareness, pointing to signs of warnings and playing the watchdog as well as sharing information but will leave the rest of implementation and decision-making with the executive and judicial branches of government in their respective countries.
Speaking earlier, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Francis Saye Korkpor, asked for the drafting of a legislation that will enhance the work of the judiciary in member countries, adding, “We all agree that when the parliament makes good laws and we come in to interpret these laws, they are for the good of our people.”
Justice Korkpor then praised hailed the Speaker and co-workers for also fostering the idea of integration which, he said, is some of the ideas behind the creation of the courts which seek to bring unify citizens so that they interact freely, have free trade movement for the advancement of their cause.