By Lizzy Chirkpi
OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has mandated its committees on Foreign Affairs; and Cooperation and Integration in Africa to investigate Nigeria’s financial commitment in the light of impending admission of Morocco into the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
The committees are to report back to the house within weeks.
This followed a motion of urgent national importance sponsored by Mr. Kayode Oladele (APC, Oyo) on Thursday.
Mr. Oladele said that the main objectives of the establishment of ECOWAS were to promote cooperation and integration in order to raise the living standards of the people and to maintain economic stability in the sub region.
He disclosed that the revised treaty of ECOWAS was in June 1994 which did not envisage membership of the community outside the sovereign states of the West African sub region and expressed concern over the approval of Morocco as a member state of the body.
The lawmaker noted that the sovereign North African state of Morocco already belonged to her regional economic community, the Arab Maghreb Union and cannot be a member of ECOWAS.
He therefore called on the House to urgently investigate the matter, a prayer unanimously adopted.