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Gbajabiamila calls for legislative instrument to integrate Africa

By Msugh Ityokura, Abuja
12 November 2021   |   4:01 am
SPEAKER of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has called for full integration in Africa using legislative instrument to have a common passport, market and single customs and monetary union.

Gbajabiamila. Photo/TWITTER/PSEAKERGBAJA

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has called for full integration in Africa using legislative instrument to have a common passport, market and single customs and monetary union.

He spoke at the opening of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Africa Region 51st Conference in Abuja where he stressed the need to “agree to use the instruments of trade and common markets to set us irreversibly on the path to a future of honourable peace, abiding prosperity and brotherhood among the nations of Africa.”

Gbajabiamila said CPA Africa Region had and would continue to play an essential role in advancing democracy in Africa. He noted that it provided an opportunity for parliamentarians across Africa to engage with and learn from each other about the challenges they shared and the strategies for overcoming them.

“Let us commit ourselves to using the tools of parliamentary diplomacy and authority to enable the achievement of a common passport, a common market and a single customs and monetary union that will make full African integration possible.

“Let us agree to use the instruments of trade and common markets to set us irreversibly on the path to a future of honourable peace, abiding prosperity and brotherhood among the nations of Africa,” he said.

The Speaker lamented a situation where Africa witnessed a reversal of democratic gains made over the past two decades in Sudan, Mali, Guinea, Niger and Chad, among others.

“It is, therefore, apt that we have chosen to make addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic the theme of our conference this year. This will allow us to critically examine the present conditions across Africa, consider options for building political and economic resilience using the tools and powers of parliament, and affirm our shared commitment to the goal of a democratic, free and prosperous continent,” he said.
Also, the Speaker said direct primaries would bring more accountability and adequate representation, as political office holders would not be restricted to pleasing a few people selected as delegates.

He said many Nigerians, especially youths, want to participate fully in the election of those that would represent them, right from the grassroots, hence his resolve to champion direct primaries.

He spoke while playing host to a delegation of Nigerian youths on a thank-you visit for his role on direct primaries, led by Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare.

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