ACCRA–Members of the security-related committees of Ghana’s Parliament and their counterparts from Nigeria’s National Assembly are meeting here to discuss issues related to eace and security in the West Africa sub-region
The dialogue, organized by the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of the Armed Forces (DCAF), the Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC), and hosted by the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) here, is described as an exchange of good practices on legislative oversight.
Brian Acheampong, the Minister of State in the Office of Ghana’s President, said unlike in the past when authoritarian and military rule stifled and disrupted the growth of Parliament in Africa, there was a cheer element that African Parliaments were enjoying stability as they seek to grow the collective democracy in Africa.
Noting that the security environment in Africa was changing rapidly and policy-makers and legislatures needed to develop the right skills and competencies to be able to formulate the right policies to support the security agencies to overcome the challenges, he said the dialogue would further strengthen the resolve to consolidate democracy and rule of law.
The Nigerian High Commissioner (ambassador) to Ghana, Olufemi Abikoye, said the exchange visit was timely and important for the advancement of the security sector; and that it was instructive and encouraging that both parliaments were motivated to want to improve the manner in which their committees conducted oversight.
This visit is also key for building integral and strategic relationships between Ghana and Nigeria for the increased effectiveness of their respective security sectors, he added.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK