By Femi Ogunshola
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Representative Femi Gbajabiamila, and the new Speaker of the Ghanaian Parliament, Mr. Albert Bagbin, agreed to strengthen parliamentary relations.
It is about finding lasting solutions to challenges such as the trade dispute involving some Nigerian traders in Ghana.
The two speakers met in a zoom meeting on Friday.
Gbajabiamila told his counterpart that the two countries should continue to explore the path of parliamentary diplomacy to tackle common challenges.
He added that the two countries could learn a lot from each other, while presenting the project he launched with five other African speakers.
The project is the Conference of Speakers of African Parliaments (CoSAP)which started in 2020 and had advocated for debt relief.
He added that this year, African presidents and heads of parliaments were to meet in Abuja to explore how they could work together to address collective challenges.
Gbajabiamila congratulated the newly elected Ghanaian president on his success in the recent polls.
He said while working very closely with the predecessor, he looked forward to doing the same with Bagbin in continuing the centuries-old tradition of solidarity between the two nations.
“I look forward to working with you. There are many issues for our two countries, which I believe through parliamentary diplomacy and upstream discussions we can resolve for the peoples of both countries.
“I’m sure you know a few, including the relationship between Ghana and Nigeria as it relates to our traders and residents there and yours here as well.
“I think it’s incumbent on both of us to try to resolve the issues that arise. We started on this trajectory last year with the former speaker and we have made very significant progress and progress.
For his part, Bagbin said he welcomed the idea of having better relations with the Nigerian parliament and was ready to visit the Nigerian president to discuss the issues.
He also congratulated Gbajabiamila for coming up with the idea of CoSAP, which he described as a noble project.
The two Presidents agreed to meet in Abuja before the first half of this year to continue the ongoing political consultations. (NOPE)
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