The Spokesperson of the House of Representatives and Member representing Bende Federal Constituency Rep. Benjamin Kalu received the Political Officer of the United States Mission in Nigeria, Mr. Jerry Howard, yesterday, 28th June 2021 at his office at the House of Representatives.
Speaking at the Office of the Spokesperson, Mr. Howard stated that as a partner to Nigeria’s democracy, the US Mission in Nigeria would always support activities that advance democracy in Nigeria. He highlighted that in his line of work, he has come to the realization that the House of Representatives is closest to the masses, adding that the US in Nigeria is interested in the people and how they are affected by the process of legislation.
He urged the Representative to work harder with his colleagues to ensure that the right to freedom of expression remains protected by the 9th House of Representatives and expressed delight in the decision of the House to constitute an ad hoc committee on the recent Twitter ban. He further commended the efforts of the House on the PIG Bill encouraging them to focus on those bills that reflect the heartbeat of the people.
He appreciated the Representative for his work and achievements as the Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs especially documenting the journey of the 9th House of Representatives and its achievements so far in the different editions of The Green Chamber Magazine which has increased accountability and transparency in governance.
He also commended his members of staff and encouraged them to keep up the good work they are doing to ensure effectiveness of the office.
He went further to say that the US in Nigeria is interested in the happenings in Nigeria as it concerns its citizens especially the youths, adding that If the youths are successful, the nation is successful and West Africa is successful too.
The Spokesperson expressed gratitude to Mr. Jerry Howard and the US mission in Nigeria for their support in the advancement of democracy through legislative engagement. He mentioned that his office is open to any further collaborations that will yield better outcomes and performances in the legislative process and development of Bende and Abia State.