Speaker charges lawmakers on National Interest as 8th Assembly is dissolved

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja


The 9th National Assembly has been tasked to re-dedicate themselves and put the National Interest first to consolidate the successes made by their predecessors.

Speaker House of Representatives Mr. Yakubu Dogara gave the charge at the valedictory session to mark the end of the 8th National Assembly.

Mr. Dogara explained that obsolete laws such as electoral laws should be review to meet the current realities as well as credible leadership for the country.

He said “Despite challenges the 8th Assembly has performed creditably.

The House has in the last four years passed three hundred and eighty two bills out of which seventy six were assented to.” 

The session played host to past and present Speakers, deputy speaker and lawmakers who now turned governors in their respective states.

Delivering their separate speeches before members at the chamber, former Speakers of the House, Ghali Umar Na’abba and Patricia Etteh as well as former Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha stressed the need to strengthen the democratic institutions to ensure women inclusiveness in legislation.

The Guest lecturer, Prof Clement Darkers while appraising the performance of the House attributed the success to the resolve and commitment of members to set their differences aside to work for the Nigerian people.

Members who took turns to appraise the 8th House noted that though the House had a turbulent beginning, Speaker Yakubu Dogara was able to rally members together protect the independence of legislature while discharging its duties effectively.

Contributing, Abubakar Chika Adamu from Niger State called for a reform in the recruitment process of political leaders to ensure that only people that are qualified are elected or appointed into leadership positions.

“Public Officers must always live above board and be accountable to the nation.”Chika added.

Also speaking Bode Ayorinde, from Ogun State said the solution to Nigerians problems is industrialization to stimulate the economy and lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty

Mr. Ayorinde explained that “It is only through qualitative leadership that the problems of security and unemployment rate would be checked in the country.”

On her part, Nnena Elendu-Ukeje, who is not returning to the House in the 9th Assembly, regretted the non-assent of the bill to set up a commission to tackle the proliferation of small arms and light weapons and urged the 9th Assembly to revisit the bill, stressing “the need for the government to rejig its foreign policy to address trade in-balance and other deficiencies.” 

Earlier, the majority leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila while commending members of their effort in the past four years, noted that it is not the number of Bills or motions sponsored that matters but how impactful they are to Nigerians.

The 8th House of Representatives which was inaugurated on the 9th of June 2015, will be dissolved on Saturday 8th June 2019.

Ime Njoku