For consistently failing to attend whenever they are nominated for legislative exchange programme, Harvard University in the US has said that it may start rejecting legislators from Nigeria.
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, today at the National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS) Abuja, revealed this at an interactive session with chairmen of committees of the House of Representative.
“Harvard has written that it will no longer accept nominees coming for exchange programme at the US Congress, in most cases lawmakers who are nominees for the programme do not go for the programme.”
Ekweremadu, who is also the Chairman Governing Council of the Institute recalled an instance where he and some lawmakers were to attend a programme at Oxford, but regretted that some of them never showed up until the last day that they showed for the programme.
“In fact at the US Senate, it took about six months to resolve the problem because they said each time we send people they don’t come. So they said they won’t accept any nominees coming for exchange programmes with the US Congress. But we are able to resolve that.”
“So I want to appeal, please if you are nominated for a course or a programme, exchange visit, please, if you will not be able to attend let us know early enough. A situation where you don’t show up is very embarrassing and doesn’t speak good of us.”
He, however, said plans were underway to ensure that erring lawmakers are sanctioned henceforth.