United Kingdom to collaborate with KWHA in Deepening Constitutional Democracy in Nigeria

The British High Commissioner, Mr. Paul Arkwright says the United Kingdom will be willing to collaborate with the Kwara State House of Assembly in deepening Constitutional democracy in Nigeria.

The British Envoy gave the indication in Ilorin at the weekend, during a courtesy call on the Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Dr Ali Ahmad in his office.

Mr. Arkwright explained that the vibrancy of the House was a clear testimony that constitutional democracy was working in Nigeria and expressed the preparedness of the British government to collaborate with the state's legislative arm of government in strenghtening the nation's democratic governance.

While praising the House for the inclusion of women in its hierarchy , the envoy said United Kingdom strongly supports the unity of Nigeria, adding that " it will be a misconception to link British government with the agitation for the break up of Nigeria ".

Earlier, the Speaker, Dr. Ali Ahmad described the visit of the envoy as symbolic, saying that his visit would strengthen democratic culture.

He said the House had been at the fore front of making the interest of the masses the fulcrum of the legislative activities.

Dr Ahmad said though many of the state Houses of Assembly are not functioning as constitution expects" but we here in Kwara State are happy, because, we are close to the people and we defer to the people".

The Speaker added that though " we belong to the same party, we have had cause to amicably disagree with the executive and they too are mindful of the constitution, they defer to the wishes of the Assembly, because they know we represent the interest of the people."