The House of Representatives has urged the executive arm to take necessary action on motions deliberated on the floor of the house.
The Speaker, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila said since the inauguration of the ninth House of the Assembly about 63 resolutions have been passed.
He made call in Abuja at the second public lecture of the National Assembly Digest, on the task ahead the ninth Assembly.
“The journey of the National Assembly over the last 20 years has not been a smooth ride. From the teething problems of the 4th Republic‘s maiden assembly which strives to define the terms of co-existence of all branches of government, to the tenuous relationship between the last assembly and the executive, our legislature has had its share of successes and missteps in its quest to deliver the cone constitutional mandates of good legislative representation and oversight.
”Despite all this, the National Assembly of the 4th Republic has produced some remarkable legislation; more recently, the 7th Assembly’s Pension Reform Act, the National Health Act, and the Terrorism (Prevention) Act. Not forgetting the National Minimum Wage Act, Police Reform Bill, the Company and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) Amendment Bill, the Gender and Equal Opportunity Bill, Railway Transformation Bill and the “Not too Young to Run Bill” (now a fourth alteration to the Constitution), all of the 8th Assembly,” the Speaker explained.
Senator Jonathan Zwingina in his paper titled Consolidating Democracy, an agenda for the 9th Assembly urged the lawmakers to focus on the image of the National Assembly as well as security for the country to move forward.
He however advocated the review of the obsolete laws and loopholes in the electoral act for the sustenance of the democracy.
“The current leaders of the National Assembly must fine’ tune and develop conscious strategies for repositioning the image of the National Assembly. There is no doubt that the image of the Assembly suffers from deliberate distortions, executive misrepresentation, media manipulation, genuine ignorance, internal sabotage and counter-productive grandstanding,” Senator Zwingina added.
The Clerk to the National Assembly, Muhammad Omolori said the Legislative Digest was established as the official publication of the National Assembly to provide authoritative information on its activities rather than relying solely on third party sources.
Omolori said;‘‘it has continued to disseminate our news directly from source and has continuously blazed the trail and set the pace in using its platform to connect the National Assembly with the people. Today, the magazine has made great effort in bridging the wide gap in information on the National Assembly.
This is its 2nd public lecture and, with the support of the two houses of the National Assembly, it intends to do a lot more to bridge the gap and highlight more positive actions of the Assembly.”
The major challenge facing the National Assembly and indeed the Nigerian legislatures as a whole is that of public perception of this very important arm of government, which is the nucleus of democracy that the bureaucracy attempt to correct using the magazine.
The event had in attendance former Senate presidents, Ken Nnamani and Ayim Pius Anyim as well as former legislators.