Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor has been attending a lot of conferences and other important occasion but from her own account, the Official opening session of the ECOWAS Parliament recently in Abuja, Nigeria is too dear to her heart, stating “It was a rare, yet pleasant occasion for which I remain grateful”
Hours after the program where she has gone to represent President George Manneh Weah, she took to her official Instagram page with these succinctly words:
“Today, I was privileged to join the Chair of the Authority of Heads of States and Government; His Excellency President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo; The Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament and Distinguished Members of the Parliament and other regional leaders; at the opening of the 2021 Opening Session of the Parliament in Abuja, Nigeria”.
The first female Vice President of the country since independence in 1847, further went on to give details of what she did at the occasion, especially the content of some of the things she said in her speech: “I had the privilege to give opening remarks; on behalf of President Weah, whom I represented. During my presentation I honored those from the ECOWAS intervention on the Liberian crisis and the Authority of Heads of State and Government for their strong stance in helping bring peace and security to Liberia, from which we are benefiting today”.
VP TayIor also stated that she used the occasion to extend deepest sympathies on behalf of the Government of Liberia for the loss of General Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff and 10 other officers of the Nigeria Army from a recent plane crash in Nigeria.
VP Taylor said she went on further to congratulate the Parliament for the exceptional work being done and highlighted the issues which keep ECOWAS Community of People behind, such as travel and integration challenges; a teeming unproductive youthful population and the lack of adherence to the gender protocols.
She flagged up the issue of female participation when she told the gathering that the 15 member body requires a minimum of 34 women at the Parliament and that the current number of 20 was not satisfactory.
“In closing I reminded them that the growth and development of our region depend on the political will power to move the ECOWAS AGENDA forward”, the Vice President said.