Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has admitted that the House has been distracted in the past weeks, but that it is time for the federal lawmakers to settle down to work as elected representatives of the people.
The Speaker also said that despite the legislative setbacks experienced in the past, the 8th House is “resolutely committed” to expeditious passage of all major bills before it that will impact positively on the lives and wellbeing of Nigerians.
Dogara stated this on Thursday in Abuja, while inaugurating a 21-member Committee to Review Existing Laws and Law Reform, with two months to submit its report.
“The 8th Assembly has had a few distractions, but it is time to get onto the job for which we were elected. Apart from reviewing existing laws, law reform involves introduction of new laws where necessary.
“Laws that aid the anti-corruption struggle, infrastructure renewal, efficient and optimal utilisation of our petroleum resources, solid minerals, education and social services, agriculture, diversification of our economy and massive employment of our teeming youthful population should engage our undivided attention as a parliament,” he said.
Dogara pointed out that the problem has always been that of weak implementation of reports and recommendations, revealing that many legislative proposals normally end up on the table of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) without seeing the light of day.
He noted that the major reason which informed the setting up of the committee was the urgent need to review the various laws in the Statute books which have become outdated.