The Speakers of House of Assemblies of Commonwealth countries have been called upon to provide forum where some of the nagging challenges facing legislatures in the continent could be addressed.
The Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, represented by his Deputy, Prof Amos Utuama (SAN) stated this while declaring open the 65th Executive Committee meeting of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association , African Region at the Event Centre, Asaba, Delta State.
The Governor believed that it is only through a democratic system of governance that African continent can have the needed space to contribute their talents and creativity to the developmental process, reiterating that the unfettered freedom democracy provides, gives room for unhindered harnessing of both individual and collective energies for sustainable development.
While stating that African continent need to focus attention on the task of making the 21st century an African century, Governor Uduaghan noted that African over-all advancement and recovery from centuries off slavery, imperialism, colonialism, apartheid and neo-colonialism would among other things bring about peace, security, democracy. unity and prosperity.
Dr. Uduaghan called on all African Region Parliamentarians to advocate the issue of climate change to ensuring that African people respond timely and in current manner to challenges of climate change, adding that it is a global knowledge that the consequences of global warming will be severe for developing countries because of the prevalence of poverty.
In a key-note address, the Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Victor Ochei said the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association is a voluntary forum where legislators from African region share ideas that strengthen legislative practices, stressing that it also gives members the opportunity of knowing and learning what is happening in other African Region and beyond.
The Speaker however assured Deltans that the Delta Stare House of Assembly has romanced with other member countries of the Association, adding that members are now adequately positioned to meet the demands of making well focused research and people oriented laws that will impact positively on the people of the State.
Delta State Government Press Release