By Martha Nakimuli
African governments have been told to focus on infrastructure since it is necessary for the African integration.
Addressing the Annual Conference of Speakers of African Parliaments at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, South Africa, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga said legislators across Africa need to refocus on the development of the much need infrastructure.
“Fifty years since the formation of the African Union, we should blame each other for not having developed sufficient infrastructure. I think it’s a serious indictment on the part of the African governments for failing to put in place the minimum infrastructure necessary for integration,” she said.
Hon. Kadaga noted that the development of clear connecting road and rail networks and efficient airways are prerequisites to useful integration and trade among the African states.
“How can we trade amongst ourselves when we don’t even have infrastructure? Do we have connecting roads and railways that link up our countries? We need infrastructure to facilitate the movement of African people and their goods,” she told delegates.
The Conference brings together Speakers of Parliaments of African Union Member states. It was opened by the President of the Pan African Parliament, H.E Bethel Nnaemeka.
Nnaemeka warned that the collapse of democratic institutions greatly affects the development of the continent and attainment of the Millennium Development Goals.