Today, President Julius Maada Bio officially inaugurated the final High-Level Seminar of the 5th Legislature of the ECOWAS Parliament in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
The seminar, held under the theme “Illegal Mining and Its Consequences in the ECOWAS Sub-Region,” addresses a pressing issue as illegal mining continues to adversely affect peace, stability, security, development, governance, the rule of law, the environment, and the economy in the sub-region.
In his keynote address, President Bio urged the Honourable Members of the ECOWAS Parliament to collaborate in establishing robust legal and regulatory frameworks to combat illegal mining effectively.
He expressed gratitude to the ECOWAS Parliament for its consistent efforts in bolstering the democratic process and promoting good governance in the sub-region, particularly in Sierra Leone.
Furthermore, President Bio lauded the achievements of the 5th Legislature under the leadership of Speaker Right Honourable Sidie Mohamed Tunis, highlighting their unparalleled contributions to the history of the ECOWAS Parliament.
He hailed Speaker Tunis as a distinguished ambassador and commended him for his significant contributions.
President Bio was honored with the 5th Legislature’s Outstanding Commitment Award for his inspirational leadership within the ECOWAS Community, reaffirming his commitment to supporting the Community’s integration and development goals outlined in the ECOWAS Vision 2050.
As the tenure of the 5th Legislature draws to a close in less than two months, President Bio wished the parliamentarians success in their endeavors and encouraged them to advocate for the advancement of the sub-region.