House Deputy spokesperson Agbese, three others inaugurate into Pan African Parliament

GodGift Ifunanya
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Deputy spokesperson of the House of Representatives, Hon. Philip Agbese and three other Nigerian lawmakers, were at the weekend, inaugurated into the Extraordinary Session of the Sixth Parliament as members of the Pan African Parliament in Midrand, South Africa.

Those inaugurated with Agbese include Senator Saliu Mustapha, Prof. Lilian Obiageli Orogbu and Hon. Mukhtar Zakari Chawai.

The ceremony, which was officiated by Hon. Lucia Dos Passos, the PAP’s Acting President, followed elections in several African Union member states and rotation within delegations.

Other new members hail from Benin, the Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Eswatini, Ghana, Lesotho, Mauritania, the Saharawi Arab Republic, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

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Also known as the African Parliament, the PAP was set up to ensure the full participation of Africans in the economic development and integration of the continent.

Comprising of five representatives from member states, the goal is to share ideas on how to solve problems and challenges facing the continent.

The Parliament has up to 275 members representing the 55 AU nations that have ratified the Protocol establishing it (five members per Member State, including at least one woman, and representing the diversity of political opinions in their own national parliament or deliberative organ).

Under Rule 7(2) of the PAP Rules of Procedure, a parliamentarian’s tenure of office begins when he or she has taken the oath of office or made a solemn declaration during a PAP plenary session.

A parliamentarian’s term corresponds to his or her national parliament term or to that of any other deliberative organ that elected or designated the parliamentarian.

This proportionate representation ensures that smaller countries have the same rights, access, and opportunities to be heard and to participate in African affairs.

The Extraordinary Session closes on Wednesday, 27th March 2024, when the Nigeria’s delegation is expected to return to the country afterwards.

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