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Tambuwal seeks end to arbitrariness in governance, expects freer trade post-COVID-19

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Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal (left); President of Niger Republic, Mohammadou Issofou and Speaker, Sokoto House of Assembly, Aminu Muhammad Achida during a visit to Niger for the African Bar Association (AfBA) virtual meeting in Niamey<br />

Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, yesterday, charged lawyers in Nigeria and other African countries to resist the arbitrary exercise of power by political leaders on the continent.

Speaking at the 2020 Virtual Conference organised by the African Bar Association (AfBA) in Niamey, Niger Republic, Tambuwal challenged lawyers to ensure that they put the right policies in place to engender effective business support, capacity building, imbibe technology and product innovation, as well as enable small and medium enterprises to access sufficient finance.

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His Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Muhammad Bello, in a statement quoted Tambuwal as saying that this would improve employment generation, enhance productivity, and promote social inclusion.

Tambuwal, who is also Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum, stressed that this was the time to insist that all African countries should be governed according to the peoples’ wishes and dictates of the constitution.

“Democracy promotes political inclusiveness and rule of law. As lawyers, who are trained to promote the rule of law and ensure that society is governed in accordance with the laws, we have a responsibility to speak out on the side of the people.

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“For too long, our continent has continued to lag on all indices of human development. Yet, after over 60 years of political independence, Africa ought to have made the desired impact, but regrettably, we have continued to wallow in underdevelopment,” he said.

Speaking on the theme: “Resetting Africa’s Socio-Economic and Political Agenda in Post COVID-19 Era,” Tambuwal said: “Given the fact that no meaningful progress has been made since the decolonisation of the continent, there is the need for us to reset the agenda to align with current socio-economic and political realities.”

He urged African leaders to aggressively implement the principles of continental free trade, saying this would lead to a stronger post-COVID-19 economy.

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Tambuwal noted that freer trade would help Africa to turn the Coronavirus into an opportunity, adding that the region could leverage the African Free Continental Trade Area (AfCTA) framework to open up its economy.

He argued that the AfCTA was a veritable legitimate springboard for achieving the new socio-economic rebirth through the creation of a single continental market and promotion of the movement of capital and persons.

“When the AfCTA becomes fully operational, it would ensure the expansion of market access for African exporters of goods and services, spur growth, boost jobs creation, and take millions of Africans out of poverty. This will surely reduce the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on Africa’s economy,” he added.

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