Cross River Speaker Attends Conference of Speakers in Canada
Speaker of Cross River State State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Eteng Jonah Williams, and other Speakers of state legislative houses under the aegis of Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria on Monday commenced a one-week retreat in the cities of Toronto and Ottawa, Canada,
Speaking during the opening ceremony in Ottawa, Monday, the chairman of the conference and speaker Bauchi State House of Assembly, Abubakar Y Suleiman said that the all-encompassing one-week learning programme is carefully put together for members of the conference of speakers and by extension state lawmakers in Nigeria in order to look into practices from other nations for good governance.
He stated that the choice of Canada for the retreat was strategic given its shared history of being a commonwealth nation and democratic experiences with Nigeria.
In his welcome message to the speakers, the prime minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau expressed his country’s readiness and commitment further deepened the bilateral relationship between Canada and Nigeria.
He also urged the visiting parliamentarians to interact and explore the rich culture that makes the Canadian people unique.
“Canada and Nigeria have a long, strong history together and I am looking forward to working with you to grow the ties between our two nations.” Justin Trudeau said.
On the study retreat to Canada with Cross River State Speaker is his Deputy, Rt. Joseph Bassey and the Leader of the House. Rt. Hon. Peter Odey.
During the retreat, the presiding officers will interface with top Canadian government officials and lawmakers with a view to tapping from their wealth of experience in governance and law-making processes as contained in a statement by Abdul Ahmad Burra, spokesperson to the speaker, Bauchi State House of Assembly.