Connect with us

General news

Nigerians need more enlightenment on legislators’ functions – Gbajabiamila



Nigerians need more enlightenment on legislators’ functions – Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila on Wednesday said that Nigerians need more enlightenment on the core functions of members of the National Assembly.

Gbajabiamila made the ascertain when he received the leadership of the Centre for Legislative Engagement headed by Prof Attahiru Jega in his office in Abuja.

He said a situation where majority of Nigerians ‎assess lawmakers based on criteria separate from their core constitutional functions was not good for the country’s democracy.

The lawmaker said apart from the constitutional roles of lawmaking, representation and oversight ‎that lawmakers have, Nigerians expect other things from them.

Gbajabiamila said it was imperative to always asses the lawmakers based on their constitutional responsibilities.

‎”Generally, there is a lot to be done to improve the perception of the legislature; what you have done will go a long way in helping us, but if we do not get the fundamentals right, there is a problem.

“Do Nigerians understand the work of the legislature? The work of the legislature is not visible, we are meant to make laws, but the average man on the street does not see that.

“So, I believe there is need for a lot of enlightenment; you should help us to do that too so that Nigerians will understand the real functions of the legislature.

“Some people try to compare legislators with the Executive, but the constitutional roles are completely different, ours is to make laws you do not have to impose the functions of one on the other,” he said.

‎Earlier, Jega said that the research conducted on their performance of lawmakers by the centre took samples from 12 states and that it was the first of its kind in the country.

He said it would provide a framework for further works on the activities of the Nigerian legislature.

Jega said ‎the research found out that there was a significant increase in the number of bills passed by the 8th Assembly, compared to previous assemblies.

  however, said that the overall efficiency performance was less than 30 per cent.

Jega said, the centre recommended that there should be pre-legislative scrutiny before any bill is presented.

He added that the National Assembly should create a legislative standard committee to oversee the quality of bills being presented.

He also said that the use of electronic voting on bills and critical motions which the process had already commenced was very important.

Jega said that the study also recommended that there should be an improvement in the quality of legislative oversight of committees by establishing a minimum benchmark and standards.


edited by Sadiya Hamza

Ericjames Ochigbo: is a graduate and a professionally trained journalist, with experience in national news reporting/editing and verification at the News Agency of Nigeria. NNN is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. Our journalists are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and they strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor[at]

Devastated Sarri says he can’t be judged on basis of one match American golfer disqualified from PGA Championship after scoring error Ronaldinho inches closer to release from Paraguayan ordeal Edo polls: U.S expresses worry over deteriorating political climate, security interference 2020: China interfering against Trump, Russia against Biden — report NOSDRA, Agip investigate oil leak at Azuzuama, Bayelsa Environmental group urges African governments to rise against COVID-19, Climate and Health crises Police arrest suspects for criminal offenses, kill 1 in Niger Chelsea’s Kante ruled fit against Bayern-Lampard Gattuso says his Napoli are not just about grit and growls UCL: Ronaldo brace not enough as Olympique Lyon knock out Juventus UCL:Man City eliminate Real Madrid after Varane nightmare Resumption: Kogi govt. tasks heads of schools on conducive environment Kano Varsity promotes 17 lecturers to professors, associate professors KEKE Senior Grammar School, others excel in Y2020 Goveŕnors quiz competition Maximising the benefits of breastfeeding during COVID-19 pandemic Ministries of Defence, Enviroment to synergise on protection of N’Delta environment Sanwo-Olu pledges to revitalise agric sector SUNU Assurances declares N1.2bn profit Kogi acting CJ pledges to sustain late Ajanah’s legacies Abia stakeholders pass vote of no confidence in Rep. Nkole over alleged poor performance Edo election: Security council condemns violence – Obaseki, CP PDP governors’ forum urges security agencies to re-strategise to curb insecurity Commissioner decries parents’ attitude over students lateness to schools in Delta GLEIF reaffirms CSCS as sole local operating unit Buhari greets Labour Minister, Chris Ngige at 68 Women groups rally support for Obaseki, Speaker in Edo Kano traffic agency bans long vehicles from offloading goods during the day Flood destroys 110 houses in Zamfara Kaduna attacks: Sen Sani urges concerted efforts by govt, security agencies Flooding: NEMA urges Jalingo residents to avoid settlement along riverine areas Zamfara APC Crisis: Court dissolves Zamfara executives, orders fresh congresses NBBF mourns former D’Tigers invitee, Ojo Adamawa Assembly approves Gov. Fintiri’s N550m Agric loan  ACF urges FG to tackle killings, insecurity in southern Kaduna Insecurity: Umahi advises Buhari to retain service chiefs Man, 27, drowns in Kano pond COVID-19 : EKSG introduces tax relief, incentives for businesses Apapa congestion : NUPENG directs tanker drivers to suspend services in Lagos Buhari to inaugurate NCDMB’s 17-storey hqtrs Aug. 13 VP Osinbajo wants deepening of PPP for infrastructure development   COVID-19: UN’s Deputy Secretary-General urges solidarity among countries  Gombe State Govt begins fumigation of 2,021 schools ahead of  reopening Ministry of Communications wins FG’s 2020 innovation competition prizes COVID-19: World Bank approves $114.28 m for Nigeria NSE: Trading sustains bullish trend, rises 0.45% PGF DG tasks APC Campaign Council on Edo governorship election Chinese court sentences another Canadian to death for drugs Obaseki celebrates Daisy Danjuma at 68 AU body advises FG on holistic approach in fights against corruption