The speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, has asked the United Nations to assist Nigeria in filling the resources gap required to achieve the post 2015 development agenda for the nation and the continent.
Mr Tambuwal made the appeal during a meeting on Thursday with the UN Deputy Secretary General, Jan Eliasson, in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
The lawmaker said that a combination of significant resources and financial development by most African countries, Nigeria inclusive, would hardly suffice for the kind of development required in the coming years.
“On 2015 elections, I would like to assure you and your delegation that the National Assembly is doing everything possible to achieve violence free and fair elections in Nigeria through amendment of the electoral laws,” Mr Tambuwal told Eliasson.
While commending the UN for its support to the Nigerian economy and Africa as a critical part of the African Union 2063 Strategy, Tambuwal, pointed out that the Nigerian parliament had played major roles in ensuring pro-poor policies that form the core focus of its activities.
Jan Eliasson reiterated the UN’s commitment to Nigeria’s fight against terrorism and insurgency experience in the north east, pledging that the UN will render necessary assistance to end insurgency in Nigeria’s north east.