Governors of Nigeria’s governing party, the All Progressives Congress, APC have set up a Legislative Programme Steering Committee to create a framework for synergy between the legislative and executive arms of government in all APC controlled states and at the federal level.
The Governor of Edo state, Governor Godwin Obaseki who is also the Deputy Chairman of the APC Governors forum known as Progressives Governors Forum, PGF stated this at a press briefing at the PGF headquarters in Abuja.
Governor Obaseki who was represented by his deputy, Mr Philips Shuaibu said the forum has already developed some legislative and policy framework in some areas in all APC states.
“Already in the last dispensation, 2015-2019, we have agreed to a few common legislative and policy frameworks in all APC states through adoption and implementation on prototype bills on three areas- security trust fund, administration and collection of revenue and UBE laws. Work is currently on the fourth- primary health care policy.” he said.
The governor added that the aim of the committee is to also provide recommendations to PGF members on legal framework concerning government processes.
“The Forum has set up Programmes Steering Committees Structured and constituted to provide the required technical services to its member States, one of which is the PGF Legislative Programme Steering Committee that will primarily provide PGF members with clear and concise contextual recommendations in terms of legal framework governing government processes and decisions.
“The Committee monitors on-going government operations, identifies issues suitable for legislative review, gather and evaluate information and recommend course of action to PGF. It is also expected to promote and advocate the interest of the PGF member states regarding laws, regulations, socio-economic policies and other developments that may affect our states and the APC as a whole.
“Further to this, is our recognition of the fact that the Legislature is the backbone of any democracy. No democracy can flourish except, and until its legislature is strong and progressively active. Part of the objectives of the PGF Legislative Programmes therefore, is to ensure cordial relations between our legislatures and those of us operating in the executive arm. Our goal is to develop a good framework of engagement through initiating activities that would enable us to review emerging challenges regularly and based on that seek to manage and regulate all emerging differences such that conflicts between the executive and the legislature at all levels where APC rules are minimised, as these conflicts would only continue to weaken our capacity to meet the expectations of our citizens” he said.
The legislative programme steering committee is co-chaired by the Katsina state Governor, Aminu Bello Masari.