Reps to begin constitution review, PIGB passage 2020 – Gbajabiamila
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”.