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  •  Buhari salutes Sen Daisy Danjuma at 70
    Buhari salutes Sen. Daisy Danjuma at 70
     Buhari salutes Sen Daisy Danjuma at 70
    Buhari salutes Sen. Daisy Danjuma at 70
    General news2 weeks ago

    Buhari salutes Sen. Daisy Danjuma at 70

    President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Sen. Daisy Danjuma, wife of former Chief of Army Staff, retired Lt.-Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, as she turns 70 on Aug. 6, 2022.   Malam Garba Shehu, the president’s media aide in a statement on Friday in Abuja, said the president praised her commitment to a better living standard for the less privileged.  

    The president, in a congratulatory letter to the celebrant personally signed by him, said:   “On behalf of myself and my family, I wish to felicitate with you as you attain the auspicious age of 70.  “Distinguished Senator, I join your family members, friends and political associates in celebrating the auspicious moment with you, heralded by many years of service to the nation and humanity.  

    “As an accomplished entrepreneur and philanthropist, I am particularly pleased by the commitment you have shown to the plight of the disadvantaged in the society especially women and children.  

    “I also note that your passion for this cause was further reinforced during your period in the National Assembly between 2003 and 2007 where you served as the Chairperson, Senate Committee on Women Affairs and Youth Development.

    ’’   Danjuma was also Member, Senate Committees on Health, Education, Finance and Land, as well as Member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and Chairperson, Women and Child Right Committee of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS Parliament).  

    The president saluted Danjuma for her courage and steadfastness.  

    “As you celebrate this milestone, my prayer is that almighty God will grant you longer life, good health and more wisdom to serve humanity and the country,” the president said.

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Rwanda genocide memorial sites offer lessons for us says NCOP Chairperson
    Rwanda genocide memorial sites offer lessons for us – says NCOP Chairperson
     Rwanda genocide memorial sites offer lessons for us says NCOP Chairperson
    Rwanda genocide memorial sites offer lessons for us – says NCOP Chairperson
    Africa9 months ago

    Rwanda genocide memorial sites offer lessons for us – says NCOP Chairperson

    Amos Masondo has called on nations to learn from the tragic genocide in Rwanda to build inclusive and prosperous societies.

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa, November 26, 2021 / APO Group / -

    The President of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), Mr. Amos Masondo, has called on nations to learn from the tragic genocide in Rwanda to build inclusive and prosperous societies.

    Mr. Masondo and the South African delegation to the Commonwealth Conference of Presidents and Presidents (CSPOC), organized by the Rwandan branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) in Kigali, visited the Rwandan genocide memorial sites in Gisozi and in Parliament.

    Masondo said the emotionally draining experience of going through the graphic depictions of the incidents that led to the 1994 genocide of the Tutsis and subsequent national reconciliation and nation-building efforts will be a forever reminder, not just for Rwandans, but for all. nations around the world. the world that divisive trends that threaten nation-building must not be allowed to flourish.

    The Kigali Genocide Memorial sites feature educational videos, photographs, and actual skeletal remains of genocide victims, with excellent visitor guides bringing memories of what happened.

    The Gisozi Kigali Memorial is also the final resting place of more than 250,000 victims of the genocide. Delegations from CSPOC member parliaments laid a wreath in memory of the victims of the Rwandan genocide, with a commitment to do everything in their power to suppress any similar trends that may threaten nation-building, development and the prosperity of the population.

    The visit to the genocide memorial site, which Mr. Masondo described as a lifelong lesson for all, was part of the official opening day program activities.

    The theme of the 17th CSPOC is African parliaments in the 21st century.

  •  NASS Clerk markets made in Nigeria products cuisine to visiting African Parliamentarians
    NASS Clerk markets made-in Nigeria products, cuisine to visiting African Parliamentarians
     NASS Clerk markets made in Nigeria products cuisine to visiting African Parliamentarians
    NASS Clerk markets made-in Nigeria products, cuisine to visiting African Parliamentarians
    General news9 months ago

    NASS Clerk markets made-in Nigeria products, cuisine to visiting African Parliamentarians

    The Clerk to the National Assembly of Nigeria (CNA), Arc. Ojo Amos, has beckoned on Parliamentarians and delegates across Africa, to patronise local made-in-Nigeria products, diverse cuisines.

    He made the pitch as the 51st conference of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Africa region, came to a close in Abuja, on Sunday.

    The week-long event, which had heads of African Parliaments and other delegates converging on Abuja, presented a platform to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the economies of Member States, women and youths participation in politics, as well as the growth of the region.

    Besides proffering solutions to re-invigorating the economies of nations post-COVID, the conference also showcased the many cultural endowments of Nigeria, with the view to provoking investments.

    Speaking at the closing of the event, Amos praised Nigeria as not the undisputed giant of Africa that is rich in culture and local delicacies which he said would interest other countries.

    He said that in spite of the divergence in religion and tribe, the cultural heritage of Nigeria was also part of her God-given strength and blessings.

    “As you know, Nigeria is a very big country, in fact it is not for nothing that we are tagged the ‘giant of Africa.

    “In spite of glaring challenges that confront us as a country, our unity cannot be compromised nor is it negotiable.

    “Our various diverse cultures are indeed great blessings that the Almighty has endowed us with. I will say clearly here that Nigerians are very proud of their cultural attributes.

    “In a lighter mood, our country is flowered incredibly with great delicacies that can compete with others from anywhere in the world.

    “Our Black Soup; Pounded Yam and Egusi soup; Bitter Leaf Soup; Plantain and Owho; Starch and Banga; Edikankong; Tuwon Masara, among others, are simply unbeatable,”  the CNA said.

    Speaking on the role of Nigeria in the Society for Clerks-At-The-Table (SoCATT), Amos appreciated the Africa region of the CPA for always entrusting the country with a lot of responsibility.

    “I am proud to note that Nigeria was involved in the establishment of SoCATT in Accra, Ghana.

    “During the maiden meeting, we were honoured with the position of Vice-Chairmanship of the society. Subsequently, Nigeria became regional representative for West Africa up to and until this meeting.

    “We appreciate your recognition and do not take it for granted,” he said.

    The CNA assured the SoCATT, Africa region, that Nigeria’s branch, under his watch, shall fully participate in all activities of the society.

    Source: NAN

  •  Buhari underscores opportunities in single African air transport market
    Buhari underscores opportunities in single African air transport market
     Buhari underscores opportunities in single African air transport market
    Buhari underscores opportunities in single African air transport market
    Aviation9 months ago

    Buhari underscores opportunities in single African air transport market

    President Muhammadu Buhari says a single African air transport market offers a fantastic opportunity to build a continental aviation sector that will foster efficient movement of people and goods.

    The president made this submission while declaring open the 51st Conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA Africa Region) on Thursday, in Abuja.

    Represented Yemi Osinbajo, Buhari said that such a single air transport market would help to move people and goods around the continent more quickly and efficiently.

    The theme of the conference is, “African parliaments and the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.’’

    The president said that the COVID-19 pandemic had wreaked havoc on the socio-economic fabric of most of the world, but in particular, African countries.

    “Virtually, all African countries have had cases; with over six million people affected and well over 150, 000 deaths.

    “Already troubling levels of poverty and joblessness have worsened here in Africa and about 40 million people are estimated to have been pushed into extreme poverty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, while unemployment in large African Commonwealth countries, Nigeria and South Africa, is over 30 per cent.’’

    He said that women and girls were worst hit as the lockdown had increased school dropout rate for girls, especially from low income families; increased child marriages, adolescent child bearing and gender-based violence.

    According to him, the sharp drop in income for most families in Nigeria and in most economies in Africa meant that families would be making choices that will always disfavour the girl-child.

    “Given the situation, it is clear that as African policy makers and legislators, we are compelled to respond through policies that drive growth, create jobs and improve livelihoods and that pay special attention to the needs of women and girls.

    “Since, we do not have the luxury to undertake the huge fiscal stimulus packages that wealthier countries, wealthier economies have been able to provide, it follows that we have to look inwards and take the opportunities open to us to boost productivity and local production.

    “With little fiscal space, it has been tough for most of our nations, but it has also been an opportunity to, as they say, build back better.

    “In many of our nations, the executive and the legislature worked and are still working conscientiously to seamlessly and efficiently together, deliver budgets and legislations to mitigate the severe economic problems in the aftermath of the pandemic,’’ he said.

    He added that the difficulties had provided an opportunity to reinvent African economies and revisit the social compacts with the people, especially the poor and the vulnerable.

    Buhari said that, more than ever, African countries needed to take advantage of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) which fortunately, most of the countries had signed on to.

    “The agreement affords us the opportunity of wider markets that will make our agricultural, industrial and service sectors more competitive.

    ”ACfTA is an opportunity for us to grow regional value chains, including boosting infrastructural investments and upscaling our payment systems.

    “There is no reason why the current encouraging share of manufacturing in intra-African trade cannot be further increased links, in particular.

    “A single African air Transport market offers us a fantastic opportunity to build a continental aviation sector that will help to move people and goods around the continent more quickly and efficiently.

    “Similarly, transport corridors envisaged in the programme for infrastructural development in Africa, such as the Lagos-Abidjan Corridor, will certainly help to boost trade, investments and movements in Africa.’’

    He said that the Pan-African payment system being promoted Bank would also go a long way in reducing the transaction cost of trading within Africa need for foreign exchange in trade between our countries.

    On his part, Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker, House of Representatives and President Designate, CPA, commended President Buhari and to the vice president for honouring the association’s request to declare the conference open.

    He said that the president’s presence underscored the cordiality of executive, legislature relations in Nigeria.

    In his remarks, Stephen Twigg, Secretary-General, CPA, thanked Nigeria for hosting the conference.

    He said that the conference was earlier postponed because of COVID-19, adding that he was delighted to see everyone together–the passion, the energy and the enthusiasm of parliamentarians from across the continent.

    Source: NAN

  •  Kenya s Speaker wants exclusive seats for women in African parliaments
    Kenya’s Speaker wants exclusive seats for women in African parliaments
     Kenya s Speaker wants exclusive seats for women in African parliaments
    Kenya’s Speaker wants exclusive seats for women in African parliaments
    Foreign9 months ago

    Kenya’s Speaker wants exclusive seats for women in African parliaments

     

     

    In a bid to foster the participation of more women in elective political positions, especially at the parliament, Africa nations have been tasked to preserve exclusive seats for them.

     

    Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Kenya, Justin Muturi, disclosed this while speaking with newsmen after presiding over the First Executive Committee of the 51st Conference on Thursday in Abuja.

     

    Muturi who is also the Chairperson of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Africa Region, urged African leaders to emulate the system that operates in Kenya where 47 seats of Parliament are reserved for women.

     

    He explained that the 47 seats were drawn from each of the 47 counties that make up the Kenya National Assembly.

     

    The speaker also harped on youth inclusion in the affairs of government in Africa, saying, ‘those were the enduring values of the Commonwealth.’

     

    He, however, stressed that Commonwealth Parliament would not impose its propositions on any country, adding that the body would continue to push for its adoption in Africa and countries.

     

    “There is an issue of women representation in parliament in many parts of the world, not just Africa. What we need to do is to encourage people, as many as possible, to participate in electoral politics.

     

    “It has been a big problem for us, especially in Kenya, to get women to participate in politics.

     

    “So, when we meet with our colleagues from the rest of the continent, we try to share their experiences on how to have more women participating in electoral politics.

     

    “We need to look into what we should do to encourage them to come out and participate. Sometimes, we go for affirmative actions,” he said.

     

    He explained that the reservation of 47 seats for women in Kenya had brought about more women participation, adding that besides the reserved seats, 24 more women also won other seats through the normal process.

     

    According to her, there are currently 71 women representatives in parliament out of a total of 349 seats.

     

    On youth inclusion in government, Hon. Muturi advised that it was imperative for youths to participate so that the wrong leaders would not be elected.

     

    “We have held a number of seminars and conferences with the youths across the continent, where we bring them together to encourage them to participate in their own goverce.

     

    “If you do not participate, you can not blame those that have been elected that they are not good, because, , you are actually participating in electing the bad ones,” he said.

     

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Executive Committee of CPA, on Wednesday also had in attendance, Speakers of Parliament in other African countries and their representatives, including, Rep Femi Gbajabiamila of Nigeria’s House of Representatives.

     

     

    Source: NAN

  •  Commonwealth Parliamentarians arrive Abuja harp on security economy
    Commonwealth Parliamentarians arrive Abuja, harp on security, economy
     Commonwealth Parliamentarians arrive Abuja harp on security economy
    Commonwealth Parliamentarians arrive Abuja, harp on security, economy
    General news9 months ago

    Commonwealth Parliamentarians arrive Abuja, harp on security, economy

    The African region of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) on Tuesday, arrived Abuja for its 51st Annual Conference.

    At the conference, effects of COVID-19 on member states, economic stability and security, amongst other issues, shall be discussed.

    The Clerk, Namibia Parliament, Lydia Kandetu, said this shortly after presiding over the inaugural meeting of Society of Clerks-at-the-Table, an organ of the CPA that houses Clerks to the Parliament or National Assembly of member states.

    According to Kandetu, about 12 countries were expected to send representatives to this year’s CPA, where decisions on various issues shall be taken, saying other countries might join later.

    On the effect of dreaded COVID-19 pandemic on the Parliaments,

    Kandetu, said that the conference would discuss whether to resume full sittings in member states or not.

    She further said that Parliamentarians have been meeting at irregular sessions and virtually, since the wave of COVID-19.

    “The COVID-19, for example has hit us so hard; so, this is the platform where we can also discuss issues of whether we can now start meeting physically or contniue virtually as the case may be,” she said.

    More so, Kandetu said that the Namibian Parliament, particularly, had to divide its members to sit in different rooms to ensure social distancing.

    “It was not very easy, but the members were understanding and we have then decided that, only the parties should be represented in the chamber and other members sat at different rooms where they could also participate, it worked out very well.

    “Many companies closed. Many people lost their jobs. So many people lost their lives. A lot of people died, especially in the months of June – July in Namibia. We have lost a lot of people.

    “The conference is going to discuss the issue of the countries that were hit and what are the possible solutions that can come up, so that each country can learn from one another.

    “So, each country will tell a story that other countries are going to take back to their countries,” she added.

    On his part, the Clerk of National Assembly of Nigeria, Mr Ojo Amos, said that the conference would afford member states the opportunity to cross pollinate ideas, on how to solve pressing issues in their countries.

    Amos, however revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari shall officially inaugurate the 51st edition of the conference scheduled to hold on Thursday, Nov. 11.

    Source: NAN