Agbese asserts Kalu’s role will strengthen Pan-African Parliament

Deputy Speaker, Benjamin Kalu. [Facebook]

The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) was established in 2004 as one of the nine African Union organs (AU) organs, with its headquarters in Midrand, South Africa.

Hon. Philip Agbese, a Nigerian House of Representatives member, praised Hon. Benjamin Kalu for bringing extensive experience and expertise to the Pan-African Parliament (PAP).

Agbese, a PAP member, expressed optimism about Deputy Speaker Kalu’s upcoming role as one of 21 new members, who would be sworn in during Monday’s third ordinary session of the sixth parliament’s opening in Midrand, South Africa.

Agbese’s congratulatory message highlighted that Kalu’s appointment allows Nigeria to influence the continent’s legislative direction significantly.

He believes Kalu’s leadership and diplomatic skills will enhance collaboration among member states, promote knowledge sharing, and advance PAP’s goals.

He said, “As a member of the West African Caucus, Rt. Hon. Ben Kalu will bring his vast expertise to bear on the region’s challenges, working closely with the African Union and the Bureau to achieve its aims and objectives.

“His intellectual prowess and astute parliamentary skills make him a blessing to the West Africa block in the parliament. He will be a shining star, illuminating the path to progress and development for our region.

“Rt. Hon. Ben Kalu’s contributions to the PAP will be invaluable, and his leadership will inspire a new generation of African leaders.

“He is an intellectual juggernaut, a colossus in the world of politics, and a true champion of African unity and progress.”

Deputy Speaker, Benjamin Kalu on the floor of parliament during a plenary session in the House of Representatives. [Facebook]
Deputy Speaker, Benjamin Kalu on the floor of parliament during a plenary session in the House of Representatives. [Facebook]

Historical background of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP)

The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) was established in 2004 as one of the nine African Union organs (AU) organs, with its headquarters in Midrand, South Africa.

Its creation aimed to provide a platform for African peoples and their grassroots organisations to be more involved in discussions and decision-making on the continent’s problems and challenges.

The PAP’s ultimate goal is to evolve into an institution with full legislative powers, promoting human rights and democracy and facilitating the implementation of AU policies and objectives across member states.

Initially, the PAP served in an advisory and consultative capacity, reflecting its commitment to ensuring the voices of African citizens are heard in continental governance.

Pan-African Parliament. [Facebook]
Pan-African Parliament. [Facebook]

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