Nigeria: Senate, UN, EU to Collaborate Towards 2015 Elections.Jul 14, 2014
The United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to Nigeria, Daouda Toure, has assured that Nigeria's development partners would continue to collaborate with the country towards the 2015 general elections. The UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative was speaking in Abuja on Wednesday following a high level meeting with Nigeria's law makers. The meeting was also attended by the Head of the EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Michael Arrion and the Director of the UNDP's Democratic Governance for Development in Nigeria, Dr Mourtada Deme.
Briefing newsmen, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, told journalists that the meeting was imperative to discuss not only the 2015 general elections, but also on how to further build the democratic institutions. He added: "We are delighted that the Deputy President of the Senate is extremely keen as the Chairman of the National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS) in bringing the cooperation to fruition.
"It is important to discuss not only towards the election, but also after the election. We need to see what can be done in reinforcing the cooperation between the development partners and the National Assembly to expose Nigerian parliamentarians to the best practices that can be identified elsewhere in the world."
Speaking earlier, the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who also chairs the Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution and the Governing Council of NILS, informed the UN Resident Coordinator and his delegation that there was the need to set up training programmes or induction courses for the new parliamentarians immediately after the 2015 general election. He said there is usually a very high turnover of parliamentarians after elections in Nigeria. "We hope that over time, we will put it behind us and parliamentarians would spend more time in the parliament. However, until such a time, we need to also put things in place that will enable those who are coming in newly to be sufficiently equipped with the skills and knowledge to get on easily at both the national and state assemblies."