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Godswill Akpabio, Kalu, attend IPU meeting in Geneva

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President of the Nigerian Senate, Godswill Akpabio and the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu on Friday arrived in Geneva, Switzerland for the 148th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union IPU.

The Senate President who led the Nigerian delegation was accompanied to the event by Senator Asuquo Ekpenyong.

Akpabio and his entourage were received on arrival at the airport in Geneva, by Nigeria’s Ambassador to Switzerland, Abiodun Richards Adejola accompanied by South African Ambassador to Switzerland, Mr Mxolisi Nkosi.

This year’s edition, according to a statement by the Special Assistant on Media to the Senate President, Jackson Udom, would take place from the 23rd to the 27th of March, 2024.

A letter addressed to the Nigerian Senate President and endorsed by the Secretary General of the IPU, Martin Chungong, reads Inter alia: Dear Mr President, the 148th Assembly of the IPU and related meetings will be held at the International Conference Centre of Geneva, (ICCG) Switzerland from Saturday, 23rd to Wednesday, 27th March, 2024.

“We are pleased to enclose detailed information on these meetings including the Agendas of the IPU statutory bodies. We very much hope that your parliament will be represented at the 148th Assembly and that the delegation under your leadership will take an active part in the proceedings.”

At the last edition of the IPU which was held in Luanda, Angola, Nigeria broke a 59-year-old jinx when Akpabio was elected into the Executive Committee of the global parliamentary body. The last time Nigeria had the privilege to be on the Executive Committee of IPU was in 1964.

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The Inter-Parliamentary Union, IPU, a global organization of national parliaments, was founded in 1889, and dedicated to promoting peace through parliamentary diplomacy and dialogue. It has grown into a truly global organization with 179 member countries out of 193 countries of the world.

Akpabio was also on 7th March 2024, nominated by the African Parliamentary Union, APU, into the Preparatory Committee for the 6th World Conference of Speakers of Parliament of the IPU.

The IPU facilitates parliamentary diplomacy and empowers parliaments and parliamentarians to promote peace, democracy and sustainable development around the world.

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