Nigeria: National Assembly Lacks Institutional Memory - Gbajabiamila

9 December 2019

The speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, says the legislature lacks deep institutional memory to keep a comprehensive archive of its activities and long history.

He said this at the weekend in Lagos at the conclusion of a two-day special seminar organised for chairmen of standing and special committees with the theme: "Improving Legislative Performance Through Effective Committee Management".

He stated: "Unfortunately, archiving and record-keeping within the National Assembly still falls below the standards we require. However, do not allow this to keep you from seeking out historical information about the committees you lead.

"In studying the history of your committees, what was done, what was achieved, and what wasn't, you will find contexts that will be helpful to your own endeavours, and allow you to avoid landmines you didn't know existed".

He said the house would build a befitting library for the National Assembly to provide all the necessary information for Nigerians on the activities of legislature in the democratic processes.

The speaker urged members to hold the executive accountable by discharging their responsibilities through good legislations and oversight functions.

According to him, it is incumbent on legislators to articulate through legislation, the broad objectives of nationhood, and hold the executive accountable to those objectives through oversight.

Gbajabiamila said the house would also work on the reform of electoral laws to bring the needed changes that would make the electoral and entire democratic process better.

He charged chairmen of committees to take the house to an unprecedented height by leaving a lasting legacy, especially in honour of their late colleagues.

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