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[News] ECOWAS Speaker accuses financial controller of hampering legislative activities


Nov 29, 2017 #ECOWAS

The Speaker of the Parliament, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Moustapha Cisse-Lo, has decried the attitude of the ECOWAS Financial Controller inside the execution of its budgetary provisions.

The Speaker, at a meeting of the second Extraordinary Session of the Parliament, yesterday, raised the query on who makes a decision the scale of a mission of the Parliament, given that its missions are contained within the budget range.

He expressed the need for rationalization on the difficulty with the authorities of the ECOWAS, pronouncing: “We are elected representatives and all represented right here are elected. The ECOWAS Parliament is a special privilege and it’s far envied by means of all parliamentarians in their countries. We have been sent right here to work and we surpassed a budget to do our work. The economic controller has no proper to not approve.

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“The role of the economic controller is to now not authorize a task or disbursement of funds, but simply to test whether or not what we’re doing is contained in our programme, and whether or not the price range is to be had for the assignment,” Cisse-Lo said.

The Speaker went similarly to offer examples of two trips on which the Financial Controller had wrongly acted on.One of such journeys changed into a go-to Vienna, Austria, where the Speaker and his Communication Officer, had been refused payment of their task entitlements because the Financial Controller insisted that only the Speaker become invited at the go to.

“If I am invited someplace, and to the United Nations at that degree, it’s far as much as me to decide who needs to accompany me to mention what on behalf of Parliament.”

In some other improvement, the Speaker stated the 2 Chambers of the Moroccan Legislature invited him and a few different colleagues at the Parliament. However, the Financial Controller refused to authorize the assignment.

“What right does he have to mention that considering that the funds were furnished for inside the budget? To this moment, we’ve now not even carried out our budget 65 percent. What is the factor of passing finances in case you can’t execute it?

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“At the Commission, they even move as far as the United States with as much as 20 humans, and it is permitted.“Should we be a Parliament this is at the mercy of the Financial Controller? No, this is unacceptable, and we’re going to combat this to the finish on the Council of Ministers, and at the Summit,” the Speaker in addition said.

At the near of the session, the Parliament followed that a Resolution at the Attitude of the Financial Controller, proposed by way of the Speaker, be tested by the Parliament’s Committee on Finance and Budgetary Control, to inspect the difficulty and advocate the Parliament thus.
Final deliberations on the Resolution could thereafter be submitted to the authorities of ECOWAS along with the Council of Ministers of the Community.

Source GuardianNG

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