Conference of Speakers holds retreat in Canada on legislative processes
The Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria is in Canada for a one-week retreat on legislative processes in government.
Speaking in Toronto, yesterday, the chairman and Speaker, Bauchi State House of Assembly, Abubakar Suleiman, said the one-week learning programme was put together to take a leaf from the book of other nations.
Abubakar’s spokesman, Abdul Ahmad Burra, quoting the Speaker, said the choice of Canada was strategic, given it is one of the most developed countries in the world, worthy of learning from, especially for the fact that it ranks among the highest in international measurements of government transparency, civil liberties, quality of life, economic freedom, education, gender equality and environmental sustainability.
He said: “While Canada is a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy in the Westminster tradition, Nigeria practices a presidential system fashioned after that of the United States.
“Both Canada and Nigeria adopt a federal system of government, largely due to our multicultural characteristics and diverse ethnic backgrounds. And both nations’ constitutions provide for subnational legislatures.
“We acknowledge that the roles played by the provincial legislatures in Canada at the subnational level towards the growth and development of the country cannot be overemphasized.
“In view of this, our mission in Canada is simple and clear. We are set out for robust engagements with the hosts, with a view to learning practices and ideals that will ultimately reposition our country on the right trajectory to greatness through subnational legislative activities.”