Reps to be­gin con­sti­tu­tion re­view, PIGB pas­sage 2020 – Gba­jabi­amila

The Punch - - NEWS - Leke Baiyewu, Abuja

The Speaker of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Femi Gba­jabi­amila, has said the cham­ber would com­mence work on the Pe­tro­leum In­dus­try Gov­er­nance Bill and the amend­ment to the 1999 Con­sti­tu­tion next year.

Gba­jabi­amila said both the con­sti­tu­tion re­view and the

PIGB were part of the bills that the House would pri­ori­tise in 2020.

The Speaker stated that the House would do ev­ery­thing within its pow­ers to give Nige­ria the best in terms of laws that would pro­mote peace and good gov­er­nance in the coun­try.

Gba­jabi­amila said this in La­gos on Fri­day at a re­treat or­gan­ised for chair­men of stand­ing com­mit­tees of the House by the Na­tional In­sti­tute for Leg­isla­tive and Demo­cratic Stud­ies, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment by his Spe­cial Ad­viser on Me­dia and Pub­lic­ity, Lanre La­sisi.

The Speaker, who urged the chair­men to work with their deputies and other mem­bers of the com­mit­tees as a team, noted that Nige­ri­ans have high ex­pec­ta­tions on the leg­is­la­ture, hence they must work hard to meet such.

He said, “We have been elected at a time of great up­heaval at home and abroad. We are con­fronted with great peril; oil prices have fallen and refuse to go back up, our pop­u­la­tion growth con­tin­ues to out­pace eco­nomic growth, we are be­sieged on all sides by ris­ing in­se­cu­rity and its con­se­quences.

“How do we build an econ­omy that is at­trac­tive to in­vest­ment, that cre­ates jobs to meet our present needs, and grows apace to meet fu­ture de­mands? How do we build a so­ci­ety where the weak are not af­flicted by the pow­er­ful, where our dif­fer­ences of gender and tribe, re­li­gion and opin­ion are not weaponised to de­prive any cit­i­zen of life, of lib­erty or the free­dom to pur­sue hap­pi­ness?

“How do we achieve the prom­ise of great­ness that so long ago caused the world to look upon us and say, here comes the gi­ant of Africa? These are the ques­tions that should en­gage our in­ter­ests and an­i­mate our ef­forts be­cause in the an­swers to these ques­tions lie the best dreams we have for our­selves and the high­est am­bi­tions we hold for our coun­try.”

Gba­jabi­amila also ex­pressed hap­pi­ness that the sum of N2bn was ap­proved in the 2020 bud­get by the Na­tional As­sem­bly for the take-off of a leg­isla­tive li­brary.

On his part, the Gov­er­nor of La­gos State, Baba­jide San­woOlu, who was a spe­cial guest on the oc­ca­sion, also com­mended the Na­tional As­sem­bly for pass­ing the bud­get on time “for the first time since 1999”.

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