OrderPaperToday – Today the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, leads a delegation of the National Assembly to Washington D.C. in the US on a parliamentary visit.
Members of the delegation include the Leader of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, Minority Whip, Senator Philip Aduda, Chairman of the Committee on Rules and Business, Senator Baba Kaka Garbai, Chairman of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations and Diaspora, Senator Rose Oko, Chairman of the House Committee on Telecommunications, Hon. Fijabi Saheed Akinade, Chairman of the House Committee On Justice, Hon. Rasak Atunwa and Hon. Hassan Saleh, Chairman of the House Committee on Local Contents.
Also on the trip are the Chairman, House Committee on Women in Parliament, Hon. Evelyn Oboro Omavowan, Chairman, House Committee on Freedom of Information, Hon. Gabriel Okoye Onyenwife, Hon. Sunday Marshal Katung and the Director General, National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS), Prof. Ladi Hamalai.
In a statement provided by Saraki’s Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs and International Relations, Bamikole Omishore, the visit is expected to strengthen the parliamentary and diplomatic relationship between Nigeria and the United States.
The statement revealed that Saraki will deliver a speech on Nigeria-US Relations and Opportunities at the Council on Foreign Relations, then the delegation will meet with the US State Department and USAID Officials to discuss Energy Development, Health, Education, Gender Development Initiatives and Agriculture.
Other highlights of the trip include meetings with select Members of the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs, led by Sen. Ed Royce, Ranking Member Eliot Engel, Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations Subcommittee Chairman, Chris Smith and Ranking Member Karen Bass, to discuss issues of mutual interest to Nigeria and the US.
As indicated in the statement, the delegation will also hold meetings with select members and staff of the Committee on House Administration, including, Chairman Gregg Harper, Ranking Member Bob Brady and Chairman, Cedric Redmond, as well as Members of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Additionally, the team will hold talks with the US Congress Leadership, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, President Pro Tempore, Senator Orrin Hatch as well as members of Foreign Relations, Committee on Africa and Global Health.
The delegation will also partake in a Policy Forum on “Doing Business and Investing in Nigeria,” hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where Saraki will make a presentation.