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NASS Crisis: It’s Time For Legislative Business –Dogara Says

Posted: Jul 24, 2015 at 10:08 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Rotimi Akinwumi  – Abuja 


Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has admonished his colleagues to do away with the crisis that has polarised the lower parliament since its inauguration on May 9 and concentrate on the job for which they were elected.

Dogara made the observation yesterday while inaugurating a committee to review existing laws and law reform.

The Speaker said the 8th House of Representatives is resolutely committed to expeditious passage of all major bills before it or submitted to it that will impact positively on the lives and wellbeing of Nigerians.

He noted that the major reason that informed the setting up of the committee was the urgent need to review the various laws in the Statute books which had become obsolete, anachronistic and outdated.

“Laws that aid the anti-corruption struggle, infrastructure renewal, efficient and optimal utilization of our petroleum resources, solid minerals, education and social services, agriculture, diversification of our economy and massive employment of our teeming youthful population should engage our undivided attention as a parliament.

He stressed that law reform was one of the most critical and indispensable part of all reforms in a given society.

The Speaker pointed out that Nigeria was currently in a new era where things were expected to be done differently, more efficiently and more effectively, adding that the change expected in the country cannot be achieved without an effective legal framework that serves the needs of the people.

He urged President Buhari to take early advantage of the 8th Assembly that is poised to cooperate and ensure speedy passage of Bills.

“Our experience shows that Bills introduced early into the life of a Parliament has better chances of expeditious consideration. That is why the work of this Committee is so important. We shall welcome Executive Bills from Mr. President on various subjects but we shall also introduce Private Members Bills where necessary to fast track legislation.

He also pledged to introduce and enforce strict time frames for passing legislation, stressing that they must build necessary synergy with their counterparts in the Senate to coordinate activities of both chambers and avoid duplication, overlap and waste of time and resources.

Members of the committee are: Hon. Mohammed Tahir Monguno;  ?Hon. Razak Atunwa; Hon. Ken Chikere; ??Hon. Madubueze Peter Obiano; Hon. Olabode Ayorinde; Hon. Simon Arabo; NBA President, Austin Alegeh; NBA Secretary, Mr. Afam Osigwe; Prof C. O. Okonkwo; Olisa Agbakoba; Prof Auwalu Yadudu.

Other members include: Barr Kefas Magaji; Mrs. Oguneye; Mr. M. A. Sani Omolori; Hon. C. I. D. Maduabum; Dr. S. A. Danwanka and Prof Ade Adekunle. Prof Oyelowo Oyewo; Prof Joash Amupitan; Dr. Ladi Hamalai and Prof Okechukwu Oko??li.