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President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria His. Excellency Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has arrived in Ghana to deliver the keynote address at a symposium commemorating Ghana’s uninterrupted Parliamentary Democracy. It will be on the theme “25 Years of Continuous Parliamentary Democracy in Ghana – Challenges and Prospects”.
He was met on arrival at the Airport by the Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament, Professor Aaron Michael Oquaye, Clerk to Parliament, Emmanuel Anyimadu, and Second Deputy Whips of Majority and Minority caucuses, Moses Anim and Comfort Doyoe Ghansah respectively.
Welcoming the Nigerian Senate President to Ghana, the Speaker said Ghana never wished Nigeria to ‘catch cold else Ghanaians get cough’ to emphasise the long standing cultural relationship between the two countries.
The invitation and the acceptance of the Nigerian Senate President to deliver the keynote address he said is a further demonstration of the friendship between the two Nations.
The Nigerian Senate President who is in the country with a strong delegation from the Senate said he is delighted to be in Ghana, noting that both countries have witnessed several positives negatives together.
His presence in Ghana he stated is to help foster closer relations between the two Parliaments and to solidarise with Ghana for her 25 years of Parliamentary Democracy.
Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki hoped for stronger ties and collaboration between the two Nations.
The event dubbed “Speaker’s Symposium” will set in motion activities to mark a year-long anniversary commemoration.
Institutional representatives from the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Ghana Bar Association (GBA) and the Coalition on Civil Society will also address the gathering on the topic “the Forth Republican Parliament in Retrospect “.
President Nana Addo-Dankwa-Akufo-Addo, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and former Presidents of the Republic are expected to grace the occasion.
Other dignitaries invited to the 25th anniversary Speaker’s Symposium are former Speakers of Ghana’s Parliament, the Chief Justice and Members of the Bench, Chairman and Members of the Council of State, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Ministers of State, former Members of Parliament, Traditional Rulers, the Clergy, Political Party functionaries and several others.
Other activities lined up for the celebration include a luncheon with former Members of Parliament and leadership of Parliament, Mock Parliament demonstrations by Student Parliaments in the country, Quiz competitions among the Student Parliaments, fitness walk, public forum and an interdenominational thanksgiving services.
Source: Christian Kpesese