Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Secretary General of the ECOWAS Parliament, Halima Ahmed of Nigeria, was sworn in Monday in Abuja, ahead of the first ordinary session of the sub-regional legislative organ for 2002.
Parliamentary Speaker Ali Nouhoun Diallo presided at the short ceremony, held at the ECOWAS Secretariat in the Nigerian capital.
Diallo urged the Secretary General to use her office to strengthen the integration programmes of ECOWAS.
The ceremony was attended by the Executive Secretary of ECOWAS, Mohammed Ibn Chambas and Nigeria's Deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu, among others.
The Speaker used the occasion to announce the death of Ambrose Ouedrago, who would have been sworn in Monday as Deputy Secretary General of the Parliament.
Ahmed later told PANA that she would bring to her office the experience she had acquired over the years as the legal adviser at the ECOWAS Secretariat.
In that capacity, she was instrumental to the production, review and adoption of several ECOWAS protocols and conventions, especially the innovative protocol relating to the mechanism for conflict prevention, management, resolution, peace-keeping and security in the sub-region.
During its three-week session, the Parliament would review the status of payments of contributions to community institutions, the implementation of the 0.
5 percent community levy and the security situation in the sub-region, among others.
It would also consider the reports of its Speaker, Chairman of Council as well as those by both the Mano River Union Women Network and the ECOWAS secretariat, on the role of women in the West African integration process, and the fight against human trafficking in West Africa.