By Aji Fatou Faal
The former NAM for Jeshwang who was unanimously elected in The Gambia by the then former Sub-regional ECOWAS parliamentarians in 2010 to serve as the first President of the ECOWAS Female Parliamentarians Association (ECOFEPA) attended ECOFEPA’s Award Night in Abuja, Nigeria recently through the courtesy of ECOWAS Parliament .
Speaking to shortly after arriving in the country on Wednesday, the former Jeshwang Parliamentarian, Haddy Nyang-Jagne commended the ECOWAS Parliament for inviting her to attend both ECOFEPA’s Award Night and 2018 First Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament.
According to Nyang-Jagne, she was invited to the two sessions by the ECOWAS Parliament as a former President of ECOFEPA and at the same time as a former member of the ECOWAS parliament of The Gambia.
She said she was invited to the two forums alongside with the current Legal Adviser to the Burkinabe President, Hon. Alex Kabore adding that the current ECOWAS Parliamentarians expressed their joy for their present at the two forums.
“I as the 1st ECOFEPA President and Kabore as former 2nd Deputy Speaker in the 3rd ECOWAS legislature expressed our sincere thanks and appreciation to the ECOWAS Parliament through its President, H. E. Jean Claude Kassi Brou for inviting us to attend ECOFEPA Award Night,” Nyang-Jagne said.
Nyang-Jagne said both of them extended their commendation to the current 2nd Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Senegal, Hon. Cisse Lo.
During the 2018 ECOWAS First Ordinary Session, Nyang-Jagne went on; Sub-regional Parliamentarians considered the draft revised organogram of the ECOWAS Parliament, Committee sittings, seminar with the theme: Challenges and Perspectives of the ECOWAS Single currency.
“The Session also witnessed two seminars first with the themes: ‘Strengthening the Participation and Representation of ECOWAS Gender Policy in Democracy and Good Governance’ and ‘Enhancing Women Political Participation in Democracy and Good Governance.”
She said the seminars were co-organised by the ECOWAS Parliamentarians and the Social Affairs Department of the ECOWAS Parliament and ECOFEPA in collaboration with the Danish International Development Agency (DIDA) and UN Women.
The former ECOFEPA 1st President stated that the two seminars provided awareness on the provisions of the ECOWAS Gender and Elections Strategic Framework that will serve as a yardstick for measuring women political participation in decision making within the ECOWAS Sub-region.
“As my presence was announced at the ceremony, all the ECOWAS Parliamentarians including our own Gambian Parliamentarians applauded with joy and appreciation,” Nyang concluded.