Interrogating the 8th Assembly legislative agenda of Representatives

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The 8th House of Representatives (2015–2019) which came to close Thursday, took  off with a legislative agenda against a background of huge expectations from Nigerians about the way government business is conducted.

To address these expectations, the House set to implement a Legislative Agenda that will position it to deliver legislation in aid of development and reforms aimed at improving conditions of living in Nigeria.

As clearly spelt out at the beginning by the Speaker of the 8th Assembly, the agenda outlines steps and prioritises legislative actions required to achieve set goals and objectives.
“This Legislative Agenda takes lessons from the experiences of the 7th House of Representatives and seeks to consolidate the gains and achievements thereof. The House recognises that there remains widespread citizens distrust of public institutions and government generally. It is also  recognised that there is a lot of public misconception and misperception about the functions and contributions of the legislature to Nigeria’s overall socioeconomic and political development. Yet, the legislature’s contributions to Nigeria’s democracy remain critical and important.

“The 8th House of Representatives will assert its role in providing leadership in the areas of accountable and transparent government, citizens engagement, as well as constituency representation. The House of Representatives will collaborate with its counterpart in the Senate and other arms of government to legislate for the common good of the Nigerian people.
“Our legislative activities will cover critical spheres of life in Nigeria. The House will legislate to achieve reforms in Nigeria’s national economy and development, tackle poverty, unemployment, confront the scourge of corruption, terrorism and security challenges in the country.

“The House will also give priority to green legislations to address environmental challenges such as desertification, erosion and pollution. The 8th House of Representatives will also work assiduously to improve the … Read More...

House of Reps passes 352 bills, resolves 1,413 motions, considers 2,015 petitions in 4 years

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The House of Representatives has passed 352 out of 1,643 bills presented in the lifespan of the 8th Assembly, resolved 1,413 out of 1,588 motions sponsored, and considered 205 out of 1,192 petitions received.
Edward Pwajok, chairman, Rules and Business Committee of House, who gave this breakdown Thursday at the valedictory session of the 8th Assembly,…

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