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Mark elected into executive of C’wealth Parliament

Senate President David Mark has been elected into the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliament.
The election took place recently during the biannual meeting of the Commonwealth Parliamentarians in New Delhi.
The committee has a lifespan of two years.
The Deputy Senate President, Mr Ike Ekweremadu, announced this in Abuja on Friday while speaking with newsmen at the Presidential Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, on his return from India.

Ekweremadu represented the Senate President at the meeting.

He said that it was the first time Nigeria participated in the meeting because of the prolonged military rule in the country.

Ekweremadu said the meeting was an opportunity for participants to discuss a wide range of issues affecting the parliamentarians.

“One of the key issues was the role of presiding officers as mediators to ensure harmony between the parliamentarians and heads of government. We also spoke on the role of presiding officers as administrators of parliaments in ensuring the smooth ruling of parliaments as it affects their budgets and salaries,” he said.

Ekweremadu said that the conference opposed the use of information technology (ICT) gadgets by the parliamentarians during sittings.

According to him, the conference observes that the use of such gadgets will distract the attention of the parliamentarians.

Commenting on the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Anambra State, Ekweremadu urged INEC to be fair by ensuring that all parties were given equal treatment.

He noted that the election would be a test case for free and fair elections in Nigeria in 2011.

The deputy senate president said that rigging would not be allowed, saying that he was personally going to be involved in the exercise as a representative of the PDP.

On the listing of Nigeria as a “country of interest” in terrorism by the U.S. government, Ekweremadu said the situation would be reviewed by the Senate when members resumed.

“On deep reflection, by the time we come back, we are going to review the circumstances that led to the listing.

The U.S. no doubt is an important ally of Nigeria, so matters concerning U.S. and Nigeria need to be taken with caution. Nigeria needs the U.S. as much as they need us. Not only in terms of trade, but also in terms of U.S_Nigeria relations or rather the importance of Nigeria in the sub_region,” he said.


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