ECOWAS countries urged to make budgetary provisions for displaced persons

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The Authority of Heads of States and Governments of Member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has been urged to instruct  their finance ministers  to make adequate provisions in their annual budgets funds to tackle the lingering crisis of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees in the sub-region.

This was one of the recommendations made by the ECOWAS Parliamentarians  at the closing ceremony of the  ECOWAS Parliament Third Delocalized Meeting of the Joint Committee on Health and Social Services, Agriculture, Environment, Water Resources and Sustainable Development, Infrastructure, Energy, Mines &and Industry, Human Rights, Child Protection and other Vulnerable Groups, which ended  in Lome Togo at the weekend.

The theme of the meeting was “ Contribution of the International Organisations and Non- Governmental Organisations towards the provision of  Health Care, Housing and Food for Displaced Persons and Refugees in West Africa: Parliamentary Approach to the Adoption of Community Standards.”

2nd Deputy Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament and Member of Parliament from Cote d’ Ivoire, Kamara Aminata Toungara, while closing the session, noted that this would enable the region to provide food, shelter, education and to protect the human rights of the victims, saying “we have important role to play as Parliamentarians in consolidating democracy and provide assistance to internally displaced persons and reintegrate them into our society”.

Contributing, a Member of Parliament from Ghana, Kwasi Ameyaw Cheremeh, told reporters in an interview that budgetary provisions have become necessary so that West African countries will not always rely on international agencies for assistance. He stressed that the budgetary provisions will become helpful during periods of emergencies.

“We are looking at the health, the security of IDPs and refugees but some of the support that goes to the IDPs and refugees normally come from … Read More...