Reps To Unveil Legislative Agenda, Resumes From Recess On Tuesday

Some of the key early developments expected on resumption of the house is the conclusion of the work of all ad-hoc committees and the submission of their reports for the consideration of the House. 

22nd September 2023 03:18 PM

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Abbas Tajudeen, on Friday said the lower chamber planned to unveil its legislative agenda on resumption from recess.

Tajudeen said this at the opening of a two-day retreat for the leadership of the 10th National Assembly, in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom on Friday.

” At the House of Representatives, we have prepared a legislative agenda which will be unveiled on resumption. The Agenda is bold, ambitious and draws its strength from the people.

“It reflects our belief that citizens’ engagement is the fulcrum of representative democracy. It will drive progress, wealth creation and inclusivity in our country.

“The Strategic Legislative Objectives espoused in the agenda underscores the determination, commitment and single minded dedication of the house in driving ideas and policies that meet the yearnings and aspirations of our people,’’ he said.

The speaker noted that the house had taken steps toward improving the outcome of legislative governance to contribute to national development.

“Through our committees, we have continued to engage with labour and trade unions to address the challenges they face.

“This engagement has also been extended to other sectors of the economy, such as education, health, and other concerns that seek to enhance the welfare of youth, women, excluded persons, and other vulnerable groups.

“There is, however, room for more innovative engagement in the 10th House of Representatives. This is particularly important as most committee chairs are new, and even more so for the membership of these committees,’’ he said.

Tajudeen revealed that the lower chamber had created committees on monitoring and evaluation with a view to demonstrate its commitment to ensure an efficient and vibrant legislature.

“The first committee on monitoring and evaluation will supervise the implementation of the legislative agenda of the House which is an internal mechanism of making sure that the agenda is meticulously followed.

“The second committee is to supervise the activities of the standing committees in their oversight activities to ensure timely reports and compliance to the rules and standard legislative practice,” he said.

He further disclosed that the retreat offered an opportunity for the house to reflect and engage members on how they could collectively, as the legislature, contribute to the attainment of the 8-point agenda of President Bola Tinubu as expressed in the Renewed Hope Agenda.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives would resume from its annual recess on Tuesday, September 26, 2023, to continue the first legislative year of the 10th Assembly.

This was revealed by the Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Akin Rotimi, in a correspondence conveyed to Honourable Members by the Clerk of the House, Dr. Yahaha Danzaria, on Friday. 

The 10th Assembly proceeded on the break on Thursday, July 27, 2023, following a plenary session during which the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Tajudeen Abbas, announced the leadership of the standing committees of the House. 

Access24 reports that the House, in about 100 days since its inauguration, recorded a total of 470 bills that passed first reading, and four others that passed second reading, as there have been a total of 175 motions considered by the House so far.