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Nigeria’s President Yar’adua promises support for Pan African parliament

“Nigeria and ECOWAS will support the Pan-African Parliament to achieve its objectives. We will support it at both regional and national level,” said  Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua when visiting first Vice President of the Parliament Bethel Amadi visited him at the Presidential Villa this week

Article 17 of Constitutive Act of the African Union (AU) established the Pan-African Parliament in 2004.

He described the emergence of the Parliament as a great event of great historic significance.

The President remarked that democracy is anchored by Parliament and without the growth and development of Parliament, democracy cannot be sustained.

He gave the assurance that the Nigerian federal government would assist in the building of the regional headquarters of the Parliament in Abuja.

Amadi had earlier solicited the support of Yar’Adua to enable the Parliament achieve its full potentials.

He said Article 18 of the Protocol establishing the Parliament required it to work in close cooperation with Parliament of the Regional Economic Communities and National Parliaments of member states.

He expressed the support of the Parliament to the decisions of the ECOWAS regarding the political situations in Guinea, Conakry and Niger Republic.

“We fully and unequivocally support your position as the Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government on these issues in Guinea and Niger Republic,” he said.

Amadi also solicited for the support and assistance of the Nigerian government in the provision of office accommodation and logistics for the Parliament’s regional liaison office in Abuja.