The Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, has outlined a-three point legislative agenda, to include needs assessment of communities, human capacity development and involvement of human rights groups in the process of law making towards repositioning the Ninth Legislature, for optimum performance and taking the State to a new pedestal.
Speaking at a luncheon organised in his honour by the State Branch of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) tagged, “Legislative Agenda for Good Governance” in Abeokuta, Oluomo said his core objective as the Speaker, was to ensure participatory legislation that would improve the performance of the State legislative arm.
He said the Assembly was committed to ensuring that all legislative functions, particularly, budget processes to reflect the yearnings and aspirations of the common man, affirming that the Assembly had resolved to consult residents through community engagement in the three Senatorial Districts of the State in the passage of the annual appropriation bill.
The Speaker added that priority would be accorded to human capacity training and manpower development, through training programmes for lawmakers and staff of the Assembly, this he noted would avail them of international best practices in lawmaking, for increased productivity to entrench democratic ideals.
He added that plans were underway for the translation of all the people oriented bills passed by the Assembly into local languages for the understanding of all the people of the State.
While encouraging members of the civil societies to offer their wealth of experience by getting involved in partisan politics through equity and fairness, Oluomo emphasised the need for part-time legislature in the nation, promising to ensure adequate welfare of lawmakers.
Earlier in his remarks, the National President, CDHR, Comrade Malachi Ugwummadu, assured of a working relationship between the human right society and the Assembly, enjoining the Assembly to record purposeful and people-centred legislations under the current leadership in the State.
Describing CDHR as an institution which remained closer to the masses to agitate for the delivery of democratic ideals, Ugwummadu promised that advice and suggestions would always be offered to the 9th Assembly.
Contributing, the Executive Chairman, Campaign Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL), Debo Adeniran, commended the Speaker, particularly on the need assessment of communities, in the process of Appropriation, describing him as a credible representative, who was capable of leading the State Assembly in critical development issues with other arms of government.
Solidarity messages were delivered by the State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof Abdul-Ganiyu Raji, Convener, June 12 Movement, Mr.Wale Okuniyi, former Speakers including Suraju Adekunbi, Titi Oseni-Gomez, Muyiwa Oladipo and Public Analyst, Mr. Ola Animasaun amongst others.
Head, Information Dept, OGHA