President of the Parliament of Nigeria, has commended the Akufo-Addo government for its people-centred programmes designed to better the lives of Ghanaians.
Dr. Abubakar Olubankola Sakari recounted some of the programmes, which have begun to yield positive results just over a year after the NPP assumed office, describing them as ‘milestone achievements’.
The Senate President gave the commendation when he and a delegation from the Nigerian Senate paid a courtesy call on the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, at the Flagstaff House on March 5, 2018.
“I commend you on the people-oriented programmes. You know the world is a small village, and some of these good things that you are doing, we are reading about it”, he emphasized.
Dr Saraki is in the country to deliver a lecture as part of events to mark 25 years of uninterrupted parliamentary democracy in Ghana, which also coincides with Ghana’s 61st independence anniversary celebration.
He was accompanied by Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye and the Minority and Majority Whips of the Nigerian Senate together with the Chairpersons of the Banking, Foreign Affairs and other committees of that country’s Senate.
“It’s my great pleasure to be part of the celebration of 25 years of uninterrupted democracy; let me congratulate you and your government for that”, he noted.
“We are here to be part of the celebration and use that opportunity to strengthen the relationship between our two countries…; the relation goes back many years and I think it’s our responsibility as governments to sustain that special relationship”, he emphasized.
He called on the leaders of the subregion, particularly in Ghana and Nigeria to pay greater attention to job creation to meet the aspirations of the teeming youth while deepening trade and other mutual ties.
“I believe at this time too we have the responsibility to address the challenges of our people regarding jobs – employment of our teeming youth. We must reposition the African continent. We have the resources, we have the people and I think we need to have good governance to be able to drive it and also the right kind of laws.
“I believe we need do that for us to be able to sit down and address particular issue of trade and ensure economic empowerment for our people.”