THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE CALLED FOR DEBT CANCELLATION AMONG THE WEST AFRICAN PARLIAMENT

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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi
Gbajabiamila on Monday convened a meeting of some African
Speakers of Parliaments where it was agreed that there is an
urgent need to push for debt cancellation for the continent
from their multilateral and bilateral partners.
This is as Gbajabiamila’s initiative to establish the Conference
of African Speakers and Heads of Parliament (CoSAP), a body
that will facilitate increased collaboration between Speakers,
Heads of Parliament and National Assemblies across Africa
got a boost.
The African Speakers will also seek to advance the African
development agenda within and outside the continent in
conjunction with both the executive arms of government as
well as African regional institutions.
These emerged following a virtual meeting conveyed by
Gbajabiamila with Hon. Tagesse Chafo, Speaker, House of
Peoples Representatives, Ethiopia; Rt. Hon. Prof. Aaron Mike
Oquaye, Speaker of Parliament, Ghana; Hon. Justin Bedan
Muturi, Speaker, National Assembly, Republic of Kenya; Rt.
Hon. Donatille Mukabalisa, Speaker, Chamber of Deputies,
Rwanda; and President Moustapha Niasse, President, National
Assembly, Senegal.
In his opening remarks, Hon. Gbajabiamila said there was an
urgent need to join local and global efforts to push for the
cancellation of the external debt owed by various countries on
the continent.
Saying that development across the continent has become
stunted due to the heavy burden of the debts, Gbajabiamila
noted that the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has
compounded the issue for the continent, considering the socio-
political and economic consequences of the disease.
“We all agree that Africa’s debt burden has become an
existential threat to our societies, our economies and the
future; we leave to posterity, and we need to do something
about this and treat it as a continent-wide priority.


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