Reps seek closer ties with European parliament

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has said that closer working relationship between Nigerian parliamentarians and their counterparts in the European Union would help in deepening the nation’s democracy.

Tambuwal , who spoke on Wednesday while receiving members of the Association of European Parliamentarians with Africa (AWEPA) said Nigerian lawmakers needed assistance in the areas of budget tracking, training for members of national and state assemblies, and other areas to deepen democratic ethos.

While he noted that the House of Representatives and the European parliament can share experiences and challenges, the Speaker said by developing closer contact, the two parliaments can enhance democratic ideals in Africa and Europe.

He assured that the House of Representatives will play active role in the promotion of the aims and objectives of AWEPA.

Earlier in his remarks, the leader of the delegation, Prof. Tadeusz Iwiriski, said the visit was to explore ways of enhancing cooperation between AWEPO and the National Assembly.

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