The President of the Senate (Parliament) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Abubakar Olubankola Saraki, has commended the Akufo-Addo administration for its people-centred programmes designed to better the life of the ordinary person in Ghana.


Dr Saraki described the programmes which have begun to yield positive results just over a year after the NPP assumed office as ‘milestone achievements’.


“I commend you on the people-oriented programmes. You know the world is a small village and some of these good things that you are doing, we are reading about it,” he said.


The Senate President gave the commendation when he and a delegation from the Nigerian Senate paid a courtesy call on the Vice President of Ghana, H.E. Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, at the Flagstaff House in Accra on Monday.


He was accompanied by the Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament, Rt. Hon. Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye and the Minority and Majority Whips of the Nigerian Senate, together with the Chairpersons of the Banking, Foreign Affairs and other Committees of that country’s Senate.


Dr Saraki was in the country to deliver a lecture as part of events marking 25 years of uninterrupted parliamentary democracy in Ghana, which also coincided with Ghana’s 61st Independence anniversary celebration.


“It’s my great pleasure to be part of the celebration of 25 years of uninterrupted democracy; let me congratulate you and your government for that,” he said.


“We are here to be part of the celebration and use that opportunity to strengthen the relationship between our two countries…; the relation goes back many years and I think it’s our responsibility as governments to sustain that special relationship”, he emphasized.


He urged the leaders of the sub-region, particularly Ghana and Nigeria to pay greater attention to job creation to meet the aspirations of the teeming youth while deepening trade and other mutual ties.


“I believe at this time too we have the responsibility to address the challenges of our people regarding jobs—employment of our teeming youth. We must reposition the African continent. We have the resources, we have the people and I think we need to have good governance to be able to drive it and also the right kind of laws.


He underscored the importance of trade between the two countries so as to ensure economic empowerment for the people.


The Nigeria senate president thanked the government and people of Ghana for the opportunity offered to many Nigerian students to access quality education in Ghana.


In his remarks, Vice President Bawumia recalled the longstanding ties between the West African neighbours and stressed the need to find ways to deepen that cooperation, adding that the paths of both countries to economic development were relatively similar, with quite significant endowments of natural resources.


Dr Bawumia said to move the economies of the two countries beyond dependency, there was the need to boost trade and investment between the two countries.


Source: ISD (Rex Mainoo Yeboah)