Cotonou Hosts Members of ECOWAS Parliament To Deliberate On Budget Oversight Mandate of the Parliament under Enhanced Powers

  • Monday July 2, 2018 12:57 PM
  • NILS Press Corps
With the adoption of the Supplementary Act. A/S.A1/12/16 relating to the Enhancement of Powers of the ECOWAS Parliaments, of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, during the 50th Ordinary Session in Abuja, 2016 and the new mandate of ECOWAS Parliament under the Act, Members of ECOWAS Parliament are expected to gather in Cotonou, Benin Republic to deliberate and understand the new authority of ECOWAS Parliament on oversight and Budgeting.

The 2-Day Workshop on the Legislative Effectiveness in Oversight of ECOWAS Community Budgets and Infrastructure and Security/Capital Budgets is billed to take place, from 29th - 30th June, 2018.

The workshop would be conducted under two sub-themes with the first sub-theme Legislative Effectiveness in Oversight of ECOWAS Community Budgets designed to address the needs of the ECOWAS Parliamentarians while the second Legislative Effectiveness in Oversight of Infrastructure and Security/Capital Budgets would address both the Members of the ECOWAS Parliament and that of the National Parliaments.

The workshop will among other outcomes, bridge the knowledge gap between the Members and Staff of Parliament and officials of the Executive in respect of financial governance oversight with a view to ensuring value for money on projects implemented by the Executive as well as, engender effective legislative and executive relations with respect to legislative oversight and ensure effectiveness in Oversight of Budgets and Programmes of ECOWAS Institutions and Agencies.

Resource persons have been drawn from both international and regional institutions in Africa.
The Workshop, which is one, in the series of training programmes of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, through its Capacity Building Project II (NILS-CAP II) in collaboration with the ECOWAS Parliament, has the objective to enhance the technical capacity of Parliamentarians in order to ensure effective financial governance through a sound oversight function (s) in ECOWAS Parliament.

About 70 participants are expected to take part in this workshop. These include:
Members of the Conference of Bureau of ECOWAS Parliament; Selected committee chairpersons of oversight committees of national parliaments in ECOWAS Member States; ECOWAS Commission and its agencies and institutions to comprise ECOWAS Commission President, Vice President and all Commissioners and the Auditor General of the ECOWAS Commission, Court of Justice, Gender Development Centre, GIABA, WAHO, WAMA, WAMI etc as well as other stakeholders and experts in the area of concern.

The effort, which is ultimately aimed at enabling the Parliamentarians provide effective oversight, is supported by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) to assist the Institute in its programme on accelerated training for legislators and staff of the ECOWAS Parliament, National Parliaments, Parliamentarians in the West African sub-region.
The African Capacity Development Foundation whose membership has grown from 12 to 39 in the past 25 year, has been at the frontline, helping to develop necessary local parliamentary and democratic capacities of African countries.

Nigeria remains a founding member of the ACBF, a body established as a partnership between African countries and their multilateral and bilateral development partners.

The National Institute for legislative and Democratic Studies, NILDS has been a critical intellectual resource center for not only Nigeria’s National Assembly but parliaments in the West African sub-region.