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Legislative Issues and Good Governance

April 7, 2016 - April 13, 2016

Following on Nigeria’s successful elections—the first peaceful transfer of power from one political party to another—Mission Nigeria proposes a single country project for new legislators in the country’s lower chamber (the Federal House of Representatives), focusing on legislative issues and good governance initiatives. More than two-thirds of the lower chamber of 360 members are coming to the House for the first time. The program will include up to 10 recently elected members, representing a mix of political parties and the country’s six geo-political zones.

The participants are drawn from committees responsible for governance and anti-corruption/crime issues, including terrorism and financial crimes, such as the House Committees on Drugs, Narcotics, Security and National Intelligence, and Trafficking in Persons.

By bringing together Nigeria National Assembly members at the beginning of their legislative careers, the Mission will develop long-term contacts, emphasize to members the importance of the legislature in promoting good governance/crime mitigation, and encourage the passage of long delayed legislation on topical issues such as a people with disabilities act, anti-money laundering, asset forfeiture, and counter-narcotics and terrorism. The program supports the Mission’s ICS goals of promoting democratic institutions and good governance.

International Visitor Leadership (IVLP) Program

Each year, over 250 professionals from around the world visit Northeast Ohio through IVLP. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, these visitors have been identified by U.S. embassies as emerging leaders in their fields.  Over 50 Nobel Laureates and 335 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government are alumni of this program. 

By connecting with foreign leaders we strengthen Northeast Ohio’s commercial, cultural, and educational ties with the rest of the world. For more information, contact Katie Ferman, Program Officer, at or click here. To get involved as a Citizen Diplomat, click here.


April 7, 2016
April 13, 2016
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