Saraki Leads N’Assembly Delegation to 137th IPU in Russia

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Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, thursday led a National Assembly delegation to partake in the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly taking place in St. Petersburg, Russia, with the theme: ‘Promoting Cultural Pluralism and Peace through Inter-faith and Inter-ethnic Dialogue.’

Saraki who is a member of the Governing Board of the IPU, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, will present a keynote address to the Assembly, partake in debates and meet with the Chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Valentina Matvienko.

The senate president is also expected to meet with the Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Vyacheslav Volodin, the President of the House of Councillors of Morocco, Hakim Benchamach and hold an interactive session with Nigerians in Diaspora (NID-Russia) at the sidelines.

Some of the issues slated for consideration during the session include the draft resolutions on the 20th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Democracy (by IPU standing Committee on Democracy and Human Rights), the role of the UN General Assembly in International Governance (by IPU standing Committee on United Nations Affairs), briefing on the parliamentary contribution to the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference and a debate on engaging the private sector in implementing the SDGs, especially on renewable energy (by the IPU standing Committee on Sustainable Development, Finance and trade).

Others are the expert hearing on sustaining peace as a vehicle for achieving sustainable development (by IPU standing Committee on Peace and International Security) and the election of a new IPU President (zoned to South America) to replace Mr. S. Chowdhury (Bangladesh), whose term expires at the end of the 201st Session of the Governing Council of the IPU.

Other delegates to the event taking place between October 14 to 18, 2017, include the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives who is the Deputy Leader of Delegation, Hon. Sulaimon Lasun Yussuff, Senators Bayero Usman Nafada, Kabiru Gaya, Rafiu Ibrahim and Stella Oduah.

Hon. Samuel Ikon, Hon. Raphael Nnanna Igbokwe, Hon. Abubakar Hassan Fulata and Hon. Funke Adedoyin are attending from the Green Chambers while advisers on the team are Sen. Duro Faseyi and Hon. Abdulsamad Dasuki.
Officials of the National Assembly in the team are the Clerk to the National Assembly, Mr. Mohammed Sani-Omolori, Secretary, Finance and Accounts, Alhaji Lasisi Bukoye, Clerk to the Senate, Nelson Ayewoh, Secretary to the National Group, Mrs. Rabi Audu, Special Adviser, General Duties to the CNA, Ms. Iliya Navati, and Clerk Senate Committee on Inter-Parliamentary Affairs, Mr. Okoh Bernard Uzeme.

Also participating in the event are the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Bimbola Daramola and the Special Assistant, Partnerships & NGOs to the President of the Senate, Mr. Innocent Onah, among others
The delegation is expected back in the country next Thursday.

  • remm ieet

    Nigeria needs Russia for strength and that begins with politics. It is not by accident that our politicians that are heading to Russia and not engineers. To make Nigeria great, we have to develop a political system with internal dynamics with structural fortifications. Then other benefits will follow. Russia’s struggles are primarily based on external pressures from the West. Nigeria has the same challenges. Nigeria is not yet a nationstate. Russia has a long history in state building.

  • karim Ahmed

    Nigeria can learn and adopt some technology such as metallurgy from Russia but not from politics. The Duma in Russia is a rubber stamped national assembly and have no power. The only power in
    Russia is Putin. If some of you want that, then do not come back to accuse Buhari one day of trying to be autocratic. If you challenge Putin, you do it at your own risk. Ask the families of the following people for information: 1: Denis, N. Voromenko, 2; Boris Nemtsov, 3: Boris Berezovsky, 4; Stanislav Markelov 5: Anastasia Babuvorn 6: Sergei Margnistsky 7: Natalya Estemirova.
    Nigeria should seek space technology from Russia as well as metallurgy , agricultural technology and mining technology not politics.

    • remm ieet

      Al those characters listed here are nothing but saboteurs of the Russian State. Running away to the West to expose Russia’s secrets doesn’t sound like patriotic acts.
      Mind you, Boris Berezovsky wrote Putin to apologise before committing suicide. Western media have the full list of Russian citizens who have been denied justice. They are dissatisfied with the dictatorial style of Russian democracy, to which all kitchen sinks must be thrown, until Russia complies with their global democratic standards. They kept on pressurising Russia, by shifting aggressively eastward, after the Cold War, to Poland, Georgia, and now Ukraine, to put Russia in check. The peculiar Russian system helps them to cherry pick what is good and bad for Russia. Remember, whatever they do is in national security interest. It doesn’t mean they are perfect!
      That is what should be our concern. Integrating Nigerians and how to do it successfully, with all these internal and external fissures buckling us down. Russia has a thing or two to teach us there.

  • remm ieet

    Russia is a great State to partner with. Hopefully they will learn from us as we do from them. It is a win win situation .