The Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Moustapha Cisse Lo, has said the sub-regional body will never forget President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for her counsel and interaction with the group.
“The ECOWAS Parliament will never forget you and please know that you have strongly left your footprints in the sand of time. We remember your visit to the parliament, the pieces of advice you gave and all of the many supports we received from you, Madam President,” Speaker Lo indicated. He explained that they requested the meeting to thank her for her excellent leadership roles as President of Liberia and Chairperson of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government. He told President Sirleaf that Liberian lawmakers at the Parliament are doing an excellent job ensuring that the promises she made as Chairperson of the authority are fully met. “Madam President, lawmakers from Liberia at the Parliament are very committed and hardworking and we want to thank you and the Liberian people for sending them there,” the Speaker noted. Speaker Lo was speaking recently when a high-level delegation from the ECOWAS Parliament which had been meeting in Monrovia paid her a courtesy visit at her office. The ECOWAS Parliamentary delegation was led by its Speaker Moustapha Cisse Lo and accompanied by the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Liberian legislature, J. Emmanuel Nuquay. Liberian lawmakers who formed part of the delegation included Senator George Weah, Representatives Jefferson Karmo,Edwin Melvin Snowe Jr., Haja Fata Siryon and Munah Pelham Youngblood. According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf expressed satisfaction that Liberia can once again play host to major international meetings and thanked the ECOWAS Parliament for choosing Liberia as the venue for such an important meeting. “I am sure that this meeting has afforded you the opportunity to share in Liberia’s peace, security and development. I will share with the Heads of State of ECOWAS at our June meeting outcomes of your Monrovia Meeting which I am pleased with,” President Sirleaf noted. He praised members of the ECOWAS Parliament for their effective role in conducting the affairs of ECOWAS in general and insisted that the resources of the sub-regional organization are kept in reasonable norm and spent on tangible programs and projects. The Chairperson of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government emphasized that reform remains a priority of ECOWAS under her leadership and further thanked the Parliamentarians for the great work they do to promote peace, development and stability in the region. Earlier, Representative Jefferson Karmo, who serves as 3rd Deputy Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, introduced members of the delegation to President Sirleaf and thanked her for receiving them at her office. An official reception was then hosted in honor of the ECOWAS Parliamentarians by President Sirleaf in the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.