Member nations of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have been urged to stimulate their economies after the Cornavirus (COVID-19) by strengthening their commitment to protecting livelihoods and investments in key sectors.

The call was given by the Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Sidie Mohammed Tunis, in a statement commemorating the 2020 ECOWAS Day on Thursday in Abuja.

He praised member States for their numerous achievements in line with the vision upon which ECOWAS was built 45 years ago, which was geared toward fostering interstate economic and political cooperation as well as regional integration, adding though that in spite of the remarkable achievements as a region, the people of the sub-region continued to yearn for help particularly under the current global pandemic of COVID-19.

“On this occasion of the commemoration of the ECOWAS Day, I wish to convey warm felicitations and best wishes to our dear ECOWAS Citizens on behalf of the entire ECOWAS Parliament, the Bureau, and staff. We are mindful of the fact that this outbreak is like none in the past. Since it was first detected in December 2019, within months, it eroded our normal ways of life.

“Coronavirus has confined us within our respective borders, bringing our economies to a virtual standstill and triggering a possible recession for the year. On our part, the 5th Legislature shall play its role towards the ECOWAS’ post COVID-19 recovery response strategies. By collaborating with and enacting policies to support sister institutions in the execution of COVID-19 related programs for the benefit of the citizens of the sub-region,” the Speaker stated.

According to Tunis, the COVID-19 crisis will no doubt, generate new norms for citizens of member states – in the way they think, live, and even the course of politics.

He said, “It will be a long road to full recovery but in the spirit of African astute wisdom and resilience of purpose. I make bold to state that we shall emerge stronger and better to the delight of the rest of the world. I pray we all remain hopeful, as hope is a powerful force.

“Hope will pull us from the depths of despair and charge us to continue the march toward actualising our West African dreams, as handed down to us by the founding fathers of ECOWAS 45 years ago. Armed with the tool of hope and faith in God, West Africans shall prevail against any obstacle, in brotherhood and oneness,” he stated.

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