OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives on Tuesday named Mr. Henry Nwawuba (PDP, Imo) as the chairman, ad-hoc Committee on Legislative Agenda and Implementation Framework.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila made the disclosure on the floor of the green chamber in his welcome speech to the lawmakers on resumption from the annual recess.
The Speaker reiterated the House’s commitment in following through with the Legislative Agenda as it serves as an agreement document between the members and the people of Nigeria whom they represent.
According to him “before the recess, we presented to the Nigerian people the updated Legislative Agenda of the House, which we tagged “Our Contract with Nigerians.” The updated Legislative Agenda of the House and the accompanying Implementation Framework are a significant and thorough effort to outline a set of priority actions that taken together will help us achieve a more peaceful and more prosperous nation.”
The Speaker further explained that the Legislative Agenda was updated so as to meet up with current challenges poised by the Covid-19 pandemic which has greatly affected countries of the world.
“We updated our Agenda to help us respond more effectively to the unique and far-reaching effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on our economy, on our national security and the general well-being of all our people. We must each always remember that this document is a contract with the people who sent us here and as such, our readiness and determination to keep our end of this bargain must never be in doubt. The time has now come for us to make good on our obligations.”
Gbajabiamila also hinted that moving forward, bills and motions captured in the Legislative Agenda, will be given utmost priority and expeditious attention.
“To do that within the time frame we have committed to in the Implementation Framework, requires that we change the way we operate. From now on, motions and proposed bills that speak to the priorities set out in the Legislative Agenda will receive precedence in the House. The only exceptions will be for emergencies and matters of urgent national importance that require immediate action.
“Honourable colleagues, I enjoin you to continue, as a matter of course, to acquaint yourselves with the provisions of the Legislative Agenda and the Implementation Framework, as these are documents to which we will often return during our time here.
“To ensure fidelity to the commitments we have freely made, I am appointing an Adhoc Committee to guide implementation of the Legislative Agenda across the Committees and other institutions of the House of Representatives. This AdHoc Committee will work with the Committee on Rules and Business to ensure that bills brought forward for consideration align with our Agenda. Additionally, the Committee will monitor and provide regular reports on our individual and collective efforts to deliver on the objectives set out in the Agenda.
“Hon. Henry Nwawuba has worked closely with me to conceptualise and develop the Legislative Agenda, and Implementation Framework (and) will serve as Chairman of the Committee. Other members will be announced subsequently”.
Recall that the 9th House of Representatives on inauguration vowed to develop a blue print called the Legislative Agenda which would guide the House in it operations with the Nigeria populace.
This promised was fulfilled as the house named a Legislative Agenda drafting Committee which was headed by Julius Ihobovere (APC, Edo).
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