Senate President GodsWill Akpabio accomplished a significant achievement on Friday by being elected to the Executive Committee of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.
This election is historic, as it is the first time in 59 years that a Nigerian has gained a position in the organization since 1964.
The Inter-Parliamentary Union, founded in 1889, is an international organization that consists of national parliaments and is committed to promoting peace through parliamentary diplomacy and dialogue.
With membership from 179 countries, it has become a truly global institution over the course of its 135-year existence.
The IPU plays a crucial role in facilitating parliamentary diplomacy and empowering parliaments and parliamentarians to advocate for peace, democracy, and sustainable development worldwide.
A statement by the Special Assistant (Media/Communication) to the Senate President, Anietie Ekong, said, “Senator Akpabio, was overwhelmingly voted for by delegates across the world to emerge as an Executive Committee member of the parliamentary union with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland for a three-year mandate”
The 147th IPU Assembly was held in Luanda, Angola, from October 21 to October 27, 2023, and hosted by the National Assembly of Angola.
The statement added, “The union, in the week-long Assembly, deliberated upon important issues affecting nations across the world and considered actions to strengthen trust between people and governance structures, to make public institutions more effective, accountable and representative and to better equip parliaments to address the multiple interconnected geopolitical, economic and environmental crises facing the world.”