OrderPaperToday- The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, leaves for Albania today to attend the Second Session of the International Parliament for Tolerance and Peace (IPTP).

Senator Ekweremadu, who occupies Nigeria’s only seat as a founding member of the parliament, is expected to make a key presentation on the Rules of Procedure to be adopted by the parliament.

Recall that the IPTP was inaugurated in the Maltese capital, Valetta, in July this year. Its first Procedural Session witnessed the emergence of Taulant Balla of the Parliament of Albania as the pioneer President, while Ekweremadu was elected the Chairman of the Committee on Legal and Legislative Matters.

Speaking on that occasion, the President of the Global Council for Tolerance and Peace (GCTP), Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Jarwan disclosed that members of the IPTP were carefully chosen from around the world based on their will and passion to serve the cause of tolerance and peace.

“Today, humanity is under threat of religious extremism, racial intolerance and intellectual violence, because the values of tolerance and acceptance of the other spread by the major heavenly religions have deteriorated, leading to a disturbance in world peace and security.

“In the face of all these challenges, a new way of dealing with them had to be found. This is where the idea of creating a new international body that promote a culture of tolerance and acceptance of the other came from,” he said.

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Damilola is a multiple award-winning Writer, Researcher, and Community/Sustainable Development Practitioner. His interests and experience span across media, academics, human capital development, and strategic planning. Damilola is the first Nigerian in history to win the blog4dev writing contest organised by the World Bank. Also, his writing on violent extremism and sustainable peace in Nigeria won a PeaceWriteNow prize, presented by the Embassy of Ireland in June, 2018. His works have been published in Nigeria and the United States of America, in English and in French. Damilola has also attended important meetings within and outside the African continent including the 2019 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C, USA. He was also a special guest on a panel discussion titled “How creative industry can help to stem fragility,” which was held at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington, D.C, USA. Furthermore, Damilola was selected as a Champion of Advocacy against extreme poverty and preventable diseases by ONE Campaign in May, 2019. An alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School and Federal University of Technology Akure, Damilola Adeniran represents Nigeria in the Youth Transforming Africa Program.


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