137th IPU: Saraki Leads NASS Delegation To Russia

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A delegation of the National Assembly to the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly, led by President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, departed Nigeria on Thursday to St. Petersburg, Russia, for the session.

Saraki who is a member of the Governing Board of the IPU, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, will present a keynote address to the Assembly, partake in debates and meet with the Chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Valentina Matvienko.

“One of the issues slated for consideration during the session is the draft resolutions on the 20th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Democracy by IPU standing Committee on Democracy and Human Rights.

“It includes the role of the UN General Assembly in International Governance by IPU standing Committee on United Nations Affairs,’’ he said.

He added that Saraki would equally brief on the parliamentary contribution to the 2017 United Nations Climate Change Conference and participate in a debate on engaging the private sector in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.

Onogu said that Saraki would participate in the expert hearing on sustaining peace as a vehicle for achieving sustainable development by IPU Standing Committee on Peace and International Security.

The president of the Senate was accompanied by, Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives and Deputy Leader of Delegation, Rep. Lasun Yussuff, Sen. Bayero Nafada, Sen. Kabiru Gaya, Sen. Rafiu Ibrahim and Sen. Stella Oduah.

Others include Reps Samuel Ikon, Nnanna Igbokwe, Abubakar Fulata and Funke Adedoyin while advisers on the team are Sen. Duro Faseyi and Rep. Abdulsamad Dasuki.

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