Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, yesterday held a special meeting with 12 heads of parliaments from different parts of the world, including Nigeria’s Senate President, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki, to discuss the issue of security problems in many countries and the resultant mass displacement of people from their traditional abode.
This is even as the discussants agreed that the issues require global solutions. The meeting, which held at the UN headquarters as part of activities scheduled to hold during the 4th United Nations Conference for Parliamentary Heads In New York, lasted for over an hour. It was attended by parliamentary heads from Italy, Switzerland, Vietnam, Kuwait, Lithuania and Nigeria, among others.
Saraki, who briefed the press, after the meeting, disclosed that Ban Ki Moon told the parliamentary heads that the UN view with seriousness the issue of terrorism, rehabilitation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and general insecurity.
He noted that they further worsen the cases of poverty, underdevelopment and disrespect for the dignity of human persons. Saraki stressed the important role of the parliament in providing proper oversight and ensuring accountability and openness, while enacting laws that will benefit their constituents.
-Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja