The Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria has collaborated with Global Affairs Canada and the Nigerian High Commission to launch a week-long workshop for its members on e-Legislative Procedures and Good Governance.
At the start of the retreat, the Conference Speaker and Speaker of the Bauchi State Assembly, Abubakar Suleiman, said the week-long learning program had been set up for the Conference members. and state legislators in Nigeria to gain international procedural knowledge.
In a statement signed by his spokesperson, Abdul Burra, the speaker said Canada’s choice for retirement is strategic because of its history as a Commonwealth country and its democratic experiences with Nigeria.
The President described Canada as one of the most developed countries in the world worth learning about, particularly for the fact that it ranks among the best in international measures of open government, civil liberties, quality of life, economic freedom, education, gender equality and environmental protection. sustainability.
“Canada is a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy in the tradition of Westminster, Nigeria adopts a presidential system modeled on that of the United States. Both Canada and Nigeria have adopted a federal system of government largely due to our multicultural characteristics and diverse ethnic backgrounds. And the Constitution of both nations provides for sub-national legislatures and therefore the roles played by provincial legislatures in Canada at the sub-national level towards the growth and development of the country cannot be overstated.
“Given this, our mission in Canada is to establish strong engagement with our hosts to learn practices and ideas that will ultimately reposition our country on the right trajectory to greatness through subnational legislative activities. .
In his message of welcome to the speakers, the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, expressed his country’s willingness and commitment to further deepen bilateral relations between Canada and Nigeria and urged visiting legislators to do good use of the opportunity for better service delivery.
“It gives me great pleasure to welcome the Honorable Members of the National Assembly and State Legislature of Nigeria to the cities of Ottawa, Kingston, Toronto and Niagara in Canada. Canada and Nigeria have a long and strong history together and I look forward to working with you to develop the ties between our two nations.