Nigerian, Liberian Parliaments Commit To Strengthen Transparency and Accountability in Governance

  • Friday May 25, 2018 11:21 AM
  • NILS Press Corps
In a move towards legislative actions that will re-position the Public Account Committees of Nigeria and Liberian Parliaments, a 3-Day Workshop/Study visit is underway in Abuja.

Speaking while receiving a delegation of the joint Chambers of the Parliament of Liberia Public Accounts, Expenditures and Audit Committee, during a courtesy visit, the Speaker House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara acknowledged the long standing relationship between Nigeria and Liberia, and noted that, integrity and transparency are key ingredients to the success of democracies, especially in Africa. “Democracies all over the world are fragile, there is therefore the need to invest more in building institutions and developing capacities so that democracies in Africa can flourish.”
The visit also took the Liberian Legislators to the Senate Leader, Sen Ahmed Lawan, who promised to put his wealth of experience in public accounts at the disposal of the visiting Liberian Parliamentarians. The Chairman Senate Committee on Finance, Sen. Enoh John Owan-Enoh in his presentation on the Role of Parliaments in financial oversight and Public Financial Management, noted that the legislature has enormous oversight responsibilities in effective management of public funds. He argued that transparency and accountability are imperatives for effective legislative financial oversight.
Earlier, the Chairman of Ethics and Privileges Committee and Member of the Public Accounts Committee of the House of Representatives, Hon. Dr. Nicholas Ossai Ossai while declaring the Workshop open, noted that the choice of the National Institute for Legislative Studies for such a workshop is apt, adding that such engagements would help to strengthen transparency and accountability in both countries. “The importance of the Public Accounts Committees is underscored by the fact that it is one committee that is backed by Nigerian constitution. This indeed is the time for Africa to show leadership to the world by demonstrating transparency and accountability through the work of the Public Accounts Committees.” He said.
The Director General of the National Institute for Legislative Studies, NILS, Prof. Ladi Hamalai said the workshop was specifically designed to build a bridge for capacity development for members of the PAC in both countries.
Meanwhile, the leader of the Liberian delegation, and Chairman Liberian Senate Committee on Public Accounts, Expenditures and Audit, Senator. Henry Yalah while expressing gratitude for Nigeria’s support to Liberia over time, said, “while we move forward into the future, we will continue to seek ways to learn from Nigeria and hope that this collaboration will grow to a stage that Liberia would also, have something to give back to Nigeria as an asset.