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Saraki, Senators Storm Russian Parliament On Legislative Diplomacy

Nigeria’s Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, is leading a Senate delegation on a three-day parliamentary visit to Russia with a view to deepening legislative best practices and further strengthening the relationship between both countries.

According to a statement issued by Bamikole Omishore, Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs & International Relations to the President of the Senate, Saraki is expected to address the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (Senate of Russia) and hold meetings with its Chairperson, Ms. Valentina Matviyenko.

The Nigerian delegation will also meet the Chairman of the State Duma, Mr. Vyacheslav Volodin and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Mr. Mikhail Bogdanov, to exchange views on issues of Nigerian-Russian cooperation.

“During the visit, Senators will also hold side meetings with corresponding committees of the Federation Council of Russia,” the statement added.

Senators on the delegation include Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Olusola Adeyeye, Chairman Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senator Monsurat Sunmonu, Chairman, Senate Committee on Air Force, Senator Duro Faseyi, Chairman, Senate Committee on Sports and Youth, Senator Obinna Ogba and the Vice-Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ibrahim A. Danbaba.

Also on the trip is the Chief of Staff to the President of the Senate, Dr. Hakeem Baba Ahmed, Special Assistant on Partnerships & NGOs/CSOs to the President of the Senate, Mr. Innocent Onah and the Special Assistant on Events to the President of the Senate, Ms. Eniola Shitta.

The statement further disclosed that the delegation is expected back in the country on June 22, 2018.

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