TODAY IN HISTORY: September 22

September 22, 1961

On this day, announcement was made in Lagos on this day that the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association conference for the following year shall be hosted by Nigeria. This year’s conference shall hold in two days’ time at the Westminster Hall, London. The conference which would be formally opened by the Queen – the first time a British Monarch had opened a Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, would be attended by representatives of all Commonwealth countries.

Mr. Raymond Njoku, Federal Minister of Transport and Aviation, who was vice-chairman of the association at the time, would be one of the officers of the General Council who would greet the Queen when she opened the conference in two days’ time.

Later at the meeting, Sir Roland Robinson, chairman of the association, would present members of the General Council and leaders of delegations, including the leader of the Nigerian delegation, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, minister of Establishments, and Alhaji Isa Keita.

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