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Lawmakers support African Legislative Forum

11 July 2014, 21:30

Abuja - House of Representatives has given its support to the institutionalization of the African Legislative Forum and its structures to ensure its continuous existence.

Legislators said this would also enable the forum complement the activities of existing parliamentary bodies by enhancing parliament-civic society engagement through agreed collaborative frame work.

The house also received and approved the memorandum forwarded to the Heads of African Parliaments on the institutionalization of the Forum.

In a motion co-sponsored by 22 Members of the House, Albert Sam-Tsokwa recalled the success and indispensable impact of the first African Legislative Summit which was held in November 2013 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

“The Forum, when institutionalized, would serve as a platform for regular interaction and exchange of ideas at the continental level and offer an enabling environment for legislatures in Africa to engage other stakeholders in order to enhance, on a sustained basis, the capacity of legislators to take the leadership role in deepening democracy and good governance,” he said.

Sam-Tsokwa pointed out that the memorandum on the institutionalization of the forum with a permanent secretariat at the National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS) in Abuja has been forwarded to Heads of African Parliaments to secure the endorsement of the plan.

He noted that National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS) was mandated by the meeting of Heads of Delegation during the Summit to coordinate and facilitate the national level consultations with all African inter-parliamentary organizations at the continental, regional and sub-regional levels.

He also acknowledged the existence of legally constituted parliamentary bodies but added that the institutionalization of the Forum does not seek to rival such other bodies.

– CAJ News

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