From: ABBA BASHIR; Ibrahim Shehu
The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Benjamin Kalu has congratulated the newly elected President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), who’s also the Speaker of the Tanzanian Parliament, Rt. Hon. Tulia Ackson.
Kalu expressed optimism that Ackson’s leadership will bring about positive changes and foster unity and cooperation among parliamentary nations.
Ackson who’s the first African woman to hold the position, takes over from Duarte Pacheco from Portugal, who was elected in 2020.
She beat three other candidates on the ballot: Ms Adji Diarra Mergane Kanouté of Senegal, Ms Catherine Gotani Hara of Malawi and Ms Marwa Abdibashir Hagi of Somalia, all women Members of parliament from Africa.
The Deputy Speaker, in a congratulatory message by his Special Assistant on Press Affairs, Udora Orizu, also congratulated other candidates who contested for the position, urging them to support Ackson for the benefit of Africa.
He gave the assurance that Nigeria’s Parliament will work with her to address global challenges, promote peace, and advance the interests of all nations.
The Deputy Speaker also hailed the President of the Nigerian Senate and Leader of Nigeria’s delegation to the 147th IPU general assembly, Senator Godswill Akpabio on being elected into the Executive Committee of the global parliamentary body.
Kalu stated that Senator Akpabio has broken a 59 years jinx by making it to the executive committee of the IPU,
“I commend three other candidates for the position, all women parliamentarians from Africa, a historic first, Adji Kanoute (Senegal), Catherine Hara (Malawi) and Marwa Hagi (Somalia). I also congratulate my leader the President of the Senate and Leader of Nigeria’s delegation to the 147th IPU general assembly, Senator Godswill Akpabio on being elected into the Executive Committee of the global parliamentary body. This is a joyful news as the last time a Nigerian was elected into the Executive Committee of the Parliamentary Union was in 1964.
” It has been a week of international politicking and lobbying and am glad that finally Nigeria won and the voice of Nigeria will be louder in defending democracy in africa and the world. With this our great country now has the opportunity to influence key decisions of the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) as well as present a case for better representation of the West African Community and Africa at large.”
This he said, also led him to move a motion to stop the move of another Western African country after the same position.