African lawmakers task on people-oriented laws

By Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

African Parliamentarians have been challenged to make people-oriented laws as part of effective domestication and institutionalization of Sustainable Development Goals-SDGs, in the continent.

This was part of the contributions of the participants at the All African Parliamentarian Conference on SDGs holding in Abuja, Nigeria.

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Participants drawn from across Africa believe that for the successful implementation of SDGs government policies and programmes must be centered on constituents.

Concrete parliamentary ownership and actions towards enabling legislations, appropriation, oversight and monitoring were part of the issues raised at the second day of the conference.

The forum is being attended by representatives from regional and national parliamentary bodies in Africa, including the Pan African Parliament, the East African Legislative Assembly and the SADC Parliamentary Forum.

The conference is the first gathering of African parliamentarians aimed at promoting solidarity, cooperation and learning amongst African parliaments in order to build capacity, promote partnerships and foster parliamentary engagement with the SDGs.

The forum is also to contribute to the process of domestication, institutionalization, implementation and monitoring of the SDGs at regional, national and sub-national levels in Africa.