Dogara Laments Over Dependence On Governors By State Houses Of Assembly
The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, says state Houses of Assembly that are excessively dependent on governors cannot deliver dividends of democracy to the people.
The speaker who made the remarks at the ninth meeting of clerks of the National Assembly and state legislatures in Abuja, described lack of independence of state legislatures as a cancerous tumour on the nation’s democracy.
Dogara who pledged the commitment of the National Assembly to deepening democracy stressed the importance of capacity building for parliamentary staff, due to the high number of legislators.
The lawmaker also observed that negative responses from State Legislatures on this subject in the past had been a source of disappointment pointing out that this was a consequence of dependency syndrome.
The speaker noted that the county cannot have an effective Legislature without an informed, experienced and strong bureaucracy adding that meetings such as this would help them sharpen each other, push the frontiers and invent new vistas of Legislative governance.
“More so that the turn-over rate of members of the Legislature in Nigeria is too high while the same cannot be said of the bureaucracy. ”
“As a collorary, an underperforming parliament must necessarily have an underperforming bureaucracy at its base. That’s is why it is absolutely important to regularly bring yourselves together in this kind of atmosphere to help sharpen each other, push the frontiers and invent new vistas of Legislative governance.’he said.
Dogara further stated that until the State Legislature possess the capacity to effectively oversight and make the Executives at State level accountable to the people, the masses would be denied dividends of democracy, adding that prolonged exposure to military rule had led to the role of the Legislature being greatly misunderstood.
Dogara also commended the efforts of parliamentary staff and urged them to make good use of the opportunity to compare notes on areas of common interest as managers of the Legislature in Nigeria.
BY: Aisha Adesanya/Abuja