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ECOWAS Parliament @ 20: It is not easy combining home and Community Parliament work --- Opare

Immediate past representative of Ghana to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, Fredrick Opare Ansah has said it was not easy combining working in his home parliament and that of the Community located in Abuja Nigeria.  

Going down memory lane as the Community Parliament celebrates its twenty years in existence, and haven served in the parliament for nine years, he emphasized that it has not been an easy challenge.  
According to him when the Community Parliament is preparing its budget at the same period most of the National Assemblies of member states looking at the financial calendar would be considering their budget.

“I had to shuffle between Ghana’s Parliament and the ECOWAS Parliament. During this period I found myself going back to Accra and Abuja two or three times in a session. I happened to be a member of the Finance Committees at both places, and chairman of a Committee in my home country. Again, I was a rapporteur of a Committee in ECOWAS Parliament”. 
In an interview to share memories of his nine years in the Community Parliament, considering that the Parliament is twenty years old, he point out that the work load was not easy and called for the election of members directly to the parliament.   

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