This Public Engagement Hub seminar holding on October 4 between 09.00-10.00 (WAT) virtually, is championed by IPU’s Centre for Innovation in Parliament and will be broadcast in English, French and Spanish.
Following the release of the 2022 IPU-UNDP Global Parliamentary Report on Public Engagement in the work of Parliament, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the International Parliament Engagement Network (IPEN) are set to organise a webinar.
Dubbed the ‘Public Engagement Hub Seminar,’ the initiative is in a bid to assess how parliaments globally are enabling people to connect with and participate in the law-making, policy formulation and oversight processes that impact their lives now and into the future.
According to the organisers, the event scheduled for Wednesday, October 4 2023, is focused on public petitions and will address the processes and challenges arising from petitions submitted to the lower chamber of Nigeria’s National Assembly.
Oke Epia, Founder/Executive Director of OrderPaper; Nigeria’s foremost independent parliamentary monitoring organisation, is a panellist for the conversation “as an important voice in Nigeria’s civic space.” Chairman of the House Standing Committee on Public Petitions (2015–2019), Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta, is also a panellist.
While Epia would be sharing on initiatives from a civil society perspective to promote public engagement with parliament through the instrumentality of the petitions process, Hon Nkem-Abonta, a four-term member of the House of Representatives (2007–2023), is expected to speak on efforts made by his team to enhance and institutionalise public petitions in the context of Nigeria’s emerging legislature.
The ex-parliamentarian will also highlight the challenges faced in the process and how they worked with civil society, in particular, towards strengthening the process.
This Public Engagement Hub seminar holding between 09.00-10.00 (WAT) through an in-conversation format, is championed by IPU’s Centre for Innovation in Parliament and will be broadcast in English, French and Spanish.
Building on the findings and recommendations of the IPU-UNDP Global Parliamentary Report 2022 and the World e-Parliament Report Series, the hub is intended to encourage and assist parliaments to further develop their public engagement activities and share their good practice with others.
The hub, which supports peer learning and knowledge exchange about public engagement with parliament, brings together parliamentary staff, academics, civil society and others to share experiences and good practices through webinars, case studies and an online networking platform.
Interested members of the audience can register for the event here