Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Tuesday said Nigeria and other countries faced with the scourge of terrorism could defeat the menace if they network and share knowledge and experiences of their successes and challenges.
Addressing journalists at the opening of the 43rd conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) African Region in Gauteng, South Africa, Tambuwal said good governance and active citizen participation in how they are led will also play significant part in reducing acts of terror on the continent.
He said in Nigeria, the convening of town hall meetings and active participation of the citizens in legislative processes through public hearings have gone a long way in helping the parliament achieve its set goals.
The Speaker said the CPA and national parliaments should provide enough funds in their budgets to the security sector, and at the same time follow up to ensure that the funds budgeted are properly utilised for the purpose they were meant for. “We can also strengthen the fight against insecurity by enacting proper laws that will serve as deterrent to all persons who may want to cause injury to the people and the state,” Tambuwal added.
While reiterating that member countries stand to gain from the platform provided by the CPA, the Speaker said more efforts should be expended towards tackling other social issues like education, child and maternal mortality as well as women and youth participation in governance.