Reps Pledge Commitment To Passage Of All Quality Bills

Reps Pledge Commitment To Passage Of All Quality Bills

By Paul Effiong, Abuja

The House of Representatives has assured that it will ensure the passage that all the pending bills before the expiration of the 9th National Assembly.

The Speaker House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila who gave the assurance on resumption of plenary, promised that the 9th National Assembly will work to ensure immediate passage of the outstanding bills in line with the social contract the legislators have with Nigerians as well as to improve lives through people-oriented legislations.

The Speaker further emphasized the importance of quality laws in the country saying ”It is imperative that the House focuses its efforts on completing the tasks it has already initiated and closing out the assignments on which the legacy of the 9th House will be assessed.

He equally recalled when the 9th House of Representatives was inaugurated in 2019, observing with happiness that , they have since hit the ground running to discover and present solutions to Nigeria’s problems”.

“Some of our efforts have yielded positive results in some regards, and in other areas, there is still work to do. We must resolve to continue to do the people’s work despite the obligations and distractions of the political campaign season. As we approach the end of our term in office, I am hopeful that we will continue to meet and exceed expectations in this new year.’‘

On his welcome address to his colleagues, he stated “Lets begin this new year with a renewed commitment to legislative action that brings us closer to achieving our highest aspirations for our nation”.

While calling for courage and determination to enable the House achieve their aims and objectives in the area of oversight functions, Gbajabimila noted that government spending should be monitored through a collaborative effort between the legislators, the executive arm of government and civil society.

He further promised to be mo3dedicated to the3 obligations, adding that the House is well motivated to carry out all Legislative Agenda right from inception as the 9th Natiomal Assembly.

He also revealed that under his leadership several bills are still undergoing a legislative process promising to ensure that the bills are passed for the improvements of democratic dividends across different sectors of the national life.

According to him “Some of these bills are still in committees, while others are awaiting concurrence in the Senate. We will see to it that we conclude work on these bills so that they can be presented to Mr president during the life of this administration. One recurring criticism of the legislature in Nigeria has been the lack of continuity and the absence of tools and procedures for establishing an institutional memory.

”Government is a continuum; the actions of one administration will continue to impact the country long into the future. As the democratic process leads to continuous personnel turnover, it is vital to have a system that allows future officeholders to understand the decisions made by their predecessors. In the executive arm of government, it is established practice to prepare handover notes.”

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