ECOWAS Parliament Elects First Female Speaker


By: Kebba AF Touray

The ECOWAS Parliament has elected the first female speaker in the annals of the regional parliament. 

The new speaker of the community parliament in the person of Memounatou Ibrahima from Togo, was elected at the Second Extraordinary Session of the Sixth Legislature of the Community Parliament in Kano State in Northern Nigeria, this year. 

Ms Ibrahima emerged as Speaker due to the rotation of the position of speaker of the Community Parliament under the provision of a Supplementary Act on Enhancement of Power. 

Ms Ibrahima was the third Deputy Speaker in the Fifth Legislature of the ECOWAS Parliament; and has been in this Parliament since 2021. She is taking up the baton from the Nigerian leader of the delegation, Senator BarauJubrin, who was elected the First Deputy Speaker at the inauguration of the Sixth Legislature of the ECOWAS Parliament on April 4, 2024. Hon. Jibrin had to act as Speaker to avoid creating a vacuum in the leadership, at the Community Parliament,

During the inauguration of the Sixth Legislature on April 4, 2024, the delegation of the Republic of Togo was not present because they had not conducted elections to enable them send their representatives to the Community Parliament.