The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has said that the 8th Lower Chamber of the National Assembly would implement a legislative agenda that would be accountable and transparent for the benefit of all Nigerians.
Dogara made the pledge on Tuesday in Abuja while presenting a draft of the legislative agenda of the 8th House of Representatives.
The speaker said the agenda outlined steps and prioritised legislative actions required to achieve set goals and objectives.
He said: “The 8th House of Representatives, as the people’s parliament, will be sensitive to public demands for transparency and accountability.
“Our legislative actions would therefore seek to build public confidence and trust and be responsive to citizens’ questions regarding the conduct of legislative business.
“The House will work for public good and serve as the institution that defends the rights of the people to an accountable and transparent government.’’
Dogara said the agenda, which outlined steps and prioritised legislative actions required to achieve set goals and objectives, drew lessons from the experiences of the 7th House of Representatives and seeks to consolidate the gains and achievements thereof.
The Speaker said: “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 recognizes that there remains widespread citizens’ distrust of public institutions and government generally.
“It is also recognized that there is a lot of public misconceptions and misperceptions 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.’’
Dogara further pledged to run a legislature which activities would cover critical spheres of life in Nigeria and legislate to achieve reforms in economic development, tackle poverty and unemployment and confront the scourge of corruption and terrorism/security challenge.
“The 8th House of Representatives will legislate to cut the cost of running government, reduce wastage, tackle revenue leakages, give priority to legislations to address environmental challenges such as desertification, erosion and pollution,’’ he said.
He also pledged to run a legislature that would play a critical role in ending hunger, poverty, disease, social, economic, political and infrastructural challenges.
The Speaker added that the 8th House of Representatives would collaborate with the Senate and other arms of government to legislate for the common good of the Nigerian people.