The Pan African Parliament has hailed its outgoing President, Hon. Bethel Nnaemeka Amadi for his contribution to the strengthening of the continental institution and proposed that he’s appointed its ambassador on the continent.
In a Motion moved by Hon. Martin Bohue (Cote D’Ivoire) during the Tuesday, May 26, 2015 plenary sitting, PAP resolved that Hon. Amadi be charged with the “promotion, signing and ratification” of the amended Protocol setting up the institution.
Hon. Amadi (Nigeria) was elected unopposed as President of the Pan African Parliament in May 2012. Ugandan representatives to PAP supported Amadi’s candidature. He is set to vacate the Presidency and leave PAP at the end of his tenure and after losing in the Nigeria elections held this year.
During his tenure, he spearheaded the approval by the AU Heads of State of the amended Protocol to the Constitutive Act of the African Union relating to the Pan African Parliament.
Following years of negotiations, the Protocol granting legislative powers to the PAP was passed by the AU Heads of State meeting in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.
Hon. Onyango Kakoba said that Amadi’s performance at the helm of PAP had made it necessary to be recognized.
In another Motion, PAP resolved to establish a ‘Former Pan African Parliamentarians’ Caucus’ consisting of people who have served as representatives to PAP. The Caucus’s main objective will be to sensitise national parliaments and the population about the objectives and actions of the institution.
The Caucus will also be charged with assisting PAP in its advocacy in favour of signing, ratification and domestication of AU legal instruments.