Regular meetings of the parliaments of the different countries of Africa will enhance success in the efforts to tackle the challenges of terrorism, organised crime, governance, fight against corruption and conduct of credible elections among others.
Senate President Bukola Saraki made this assertion on Wednesday in Abuja when the Speaker of the Guinea Bissau’s Parliament and President of the African Parliamentary Union, Cipriano Cassama and the Speaker of the Rwandan Parliament, Rt. Hon. Bernard Makuza, visited him.
Cassama and Makuza are in Nigeria to attend the 73rd Session of Executive Committee and 41st Conference of Speakers of the African Parliamentary Union (APU).
His words: “The more we spend time together and share ideas, the better for our people.
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“It is better for us to build this relationship and deepen the bilateral relationship between our countries.
“I believe by coming together, we can better respond to the challenge of terrorism, organized crime, good governance, fight against corruption and conduct credible elections that will help our democracies and project our continent in better light.”
Saraki noted that since the world was looking up to Africa for growth, national parliaments must work to lay solid legal foundations that would help attract and encourage investments to their countries.
Cassama praised Saraki for his progressive leadership of the National Assembly and expressed appreciation for Nigeria’s donation towards the successful conduct of Guinea Bissau’s general elections next year.
“We have so much to learn from your style of leadership,” Cassama stated.
On his part, Makuza thanked the President of Senate for the audience and stressed the need for Parliamentary partnership between Nigeria and Rwanda.
He also corroborated Saraki’s assertion that relevant laws were critical to attract investments which would help grow the economy of the African continent and tackle the challenges.