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NEWS UPDATE: Commonwealth parliamentarians arrive Abuja, COVID-19, security, economy to top discussions

NEWS UPDATE: Commonwealth parliamentarians arrive Abuja, COVID-19, security, economy to top discussions

The African part of Commonwealth Parliamentary Organization (CPA), on Tuesday, arrived Abuja, Nigeria, for its 51st annual conference, where the effects of COVID-19 on fellow member states, economical stability and security, amongst other issues, shall be discussed.

This was disclosed to newsmen by the Receptionist, Namibia Parliament, Ms Lydia Kandetu, shortly after presiding over the initiative coming together of Society of Clerks-at-the-Tabular array, an organ of the CPA that houses Clerks to the Parliament or National Assembly of fellow member states.

According to Ms Kandetu, in relation to 12 countries were expected to send representatives to this yr’s CPA, where decisions on various issues shall be taken, saying, other countries might bring together later.

On the effect of the dreaded pandemic, Corona Virus on the Parliaments, Ms. Kandetu, said the conference would discus whether to resume total sittings in fellow member states or not, adding that Parliamentarians have been coming together at irregular sessions and visually, since the moving ridge of COVID-19.

“The COVID-19, for representative, has strike us so tough. So, this is the platform where we can also discuss issues of wether we can at present start coming together physically or contniue visually as the instance may be”, she said.

Speaking farther, Ms. Kandetu said, the Namibian Parliament, especially, had to split its members to sit down in different rooms, because of the social distancing.

“It wasn’t real piece of cake, but the members were understanding and we have so decided that, only the parties should be represented in the chamber and other members sat at different rooms where they could also participate, it worked out real real good.

“Many companies closed. Many people lost their jobs. So many people lost their lives. A lot of people died, particularly in the months of June – July in Namibia. We have lost a lot of people.

“The conference is going to discuss the issue of the countries that were strike tough and what are the possible solutions that can come up upward, so that each country can learn from the other country. So each country will tell a story that other countries are going to take dorsum to their countries”, she added.

On his section, the Receptionist to National Assembly of Nigeria, Mr. Ojo Olatunde Amos, said the conference would afford fellow member states the opportunity to cross pollinate ideas on how to solve urgent issues in their countries.

Mr. Amos revealed that, the official opening of the 51st conference shall be done by the President of Nigeria, Muhammad Buhari on Thur, 11th Nov, 2021.

Previously known as the Empire Parliamentary Organization, the CPA was established 1st May 1944, as an organisation which works to back up good governance, democracy and human rights.

The African Part of the CPA, which comprises of the 63 national and subnational legislatures, held its 50th conference in Tanzania in 2019, but could not sit down in 2020, due to the COVID-19 moving ridge.

Not less than 18 African countries shall be participating in the 51st conference, which holds from 8th to 14th Nov, 2021 in Abuja, Nigeria.

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