Nigeria at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference 2022
The 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Halifax kicked off with a call on Commonwealth Parliamentarians to embrace inclusive Parliamentary Democracy.
The vice Patron of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Rt. Hon. Mary Simon, the Governor-General of Canada, encouraged the parliamentarians to ensure that deliberations take cognizance of democratic principles and the values of the Commonwealth.
Speaker of the House of Commons of Canada and host of the CPA, Rt Hon Anthony Rota, emphasized the value of inclusion, accessibility and accountability for all parliaments as they deliberate on various issues, from responses to COVID-19 to building gender-sensitive legislatures and addressing issues around climate change.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives of Nigeria, Rt Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila says the Nigerian delegation will take advantage of the networking opportunities with other parliamentarians, noting that lessons learned at the Conference will add value to democratic principles in Nigeria.
The Canadian Region of CPA is proud to welcome parliamentarians to the Conference, as stated by the speaker of the Nova Scotia legislature, Hon. Keith Bain.
The theme of the 65th CPC is- "Inclusive, Accessible, Accountable and Strong Parliaments: The Cornerstone of Democracy and Essential for Development".