The Nigerian House of Representatives says it has succeeded significantly in its lawmaking responsibilities, despite the challenges it faced.
The Chief Whip of the House, AlHassan Ado Doguwa stated this in Abuja while commenting on the 3rd anniversary of the 8th National Assembly.
He said that over two hundred and eighty bills have been passed to various stages of legislative process, making it the highest in the history of Nigerian Democracy.
“I want to be proud to tell you that the 8th House of Representatives and even by extension the 8th National Assembly is one session that has produced the highest number of bills per session throughout the history of the Nigerian legislature as an institution,” the Lawmaker explained.
Mr. Doguwa maintained that the National Assembly would continue to create legislative framework to enable government and all the security agencies to work towards achieving a united and peaceful Nigeria.
“These are not only bills that you can call these are bills that are very meaningful, very impartible to the lives of the people of the country Nigeria, especially where we found ourselves in this very terrorizing situation,” he argued.
Professor Mojid Alabi, a member from Osun State, South West Nigeria said the legislative agenda put forward at the beginning of the assembly was followed and implemented religiously.
“Of course there are certain challenges with regards to budget padding and the rest that threatened to shake the leadership of the House, they have been able to hold their axe together and up to now we seem to have a leadership that is stable enough.” Prof Mojid stressed.
Professor Alabi who acknowledged some challenges within the period urged Nigerians to give the legislature the chance it deserve and the executive to give more priority to the resolutions of the National Assembly.
“We want to appeal to Nigerians to give its own legislature the chance it deserve. I must accept the fact that Nigerians have little understanding of the legislative procedure and the country has been so battered economically, socially, culturally and politically that people are thinking that these can be transform overnight,” he explained.
On the relationship between the Legislative and Executive arms of the Nigerian government that was described as Sweet-Sour relation, Professor Alabi also maintained that it must not be cordial if democracy will be sustain.
“Flashes of activism is a manifestation of how democracy ought to operate. If there is too much cordiality between the legislature and the executive, then democracy is in danger because the essence of separation of powers is that one arm of government will serve as an effective check on the other.” Professor Alabi maintained.
June 9th 2015 was the day the 8th National Assembly was inaugurated and it also coincides with the sixteen years of National Assembly and un-interrupted democracy following the inauguration of 4th National Assembly in June 1999 that marks the end of 30 years of military rule in Nigeria.