The Senate on Wednesday urged member countries of the Economic Community of West African States to adopt a common currency, which would be a legal tender in all countriesin the sub region.
The upper chamber, through a motion by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, to mark the 40th anniversary of the sub regional body, also suggested the adoption of a common visa for visitors travelling to any of the West African countries.
It also called on the Federal Government to review the country’s foreign policies to ensure greater respect for the Nigeria.
The Senate, which lamented the poor treatment that Nigeria was receiving from ECOWAS despite its financial commitment to the body, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to insist on a permanent position for the country in the sub regional institution.
Ekweremadu, had while moving the debate, explained that Nigeria had made huge sacrifices in terms of human and material resources to promote regional integration, peace and stability by helping to resolve conflicts in Liberia and Sierra Leone, among others.
“We acknowledge that ECOWAS has successfully stamped out military rule and unconstitutional takeover of power as well as gallantly weathered the storm of internal conflicts and wars, terrorism, insurgency and other forms of social political upheavals,” he said.