House Speaker Bhofal Chambers Advocates for African Solutions to Continent's Challenges
House Speaker Bhofal Chambers, addressing participants at the close of an international Roundtable on Parliaments in Security Sector Governance and Reform in West Africa, has emphasized the critical need for African nations to convene conferences aimed at finding solutions to the challenges facing the continent. The event, held in Nigeria, was organized by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), a German Political Foundation, in collaboration with the National Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies.
During his speech on Friday, December 8, 2023, Speaker Chambers highlighted the disadvantages faced by the Global South, emphasizing that 30 percent of resources going to Europe originate from Africa. He asserted that it is high time for African nations to collaboratively address their issues through conferences that focus on developing indigenous solutions.
The conference, funded by the German Government as part of the German Development partner system, focused on crucial aspects such as strengthening the rule of law, democracy, and good governance, along with supporting security sector reform in Nigeria and West Africa.
Expressing gratitude to the organizer, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), Speaker Chambers commended the foundation for its role in facilitating the gathering. The conference brought together legislators from the West African region to deliberate on the role of Parliaments in security sector governance and reform.
Speaker Chambers emphasized that the conference served as a platform for discussing parliamentary oversight of the security sector and fostering synergy among nations for collaborative efforts toward improved scrutiny of the security sector in the region.
The event underscored the importance of regional cooperation in addressing shared challenges, and Speaker Chambers urged African nations to take the lead in shaping their destinies by finding innovative and homegrown solutions.
As the conference concluded, it became clear that the dialogue initiated at the event would contribute significantly to the ongoing efforts to enhance security sector governance and reform in West Africa, laying the foundation for a more secure and prosperous future for the region.
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