Institute sets agenda for 10th NASS
May 25, 2023
The National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS), has tasked the incoming 10th National Assembly to place Nigeria first its function of law-making, oversight and representation.
Prof. Abubakar Sulaiman, the Director-General, NILDS, said this at a roundtable tagged “Roundtable Discussion on Agenda Setting for the 10th National Assembly”, on Thursday in Abuja. Sulaiman said that as the nation was transiting from the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to the Sen. Bola Tinubu’s administration, the national assembly was not excluded from the process. “The leadership of the national assembly will come up with a legislative agenda that would guide the activities of the red and green chambers in the next four years. “This roundtable provides an opportunity for harnessing views from invited persons and organisations.
“The views will serve as input to the Legislative Agenda of the 10th National Assembly,” he said.
Sulaiman said that the input from presentations and discussions will be harnessed and transmitted to the relevant committees and offices of the National Assembly for input in the agenda of the 10th NASS.
President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Joe Ajaero called on the assembly to be guided by the Provisions of Section 14 of the Constitution.
Ajaero was represented by the Assistant General Secretary of the NLC, Mr Onyeka Chris.
He urged the national assembly to be guided by sub-section 1 and 2 which dealt with issues of underlying sovereignty and social justice.
“The Federal Republic of Nigeria shall be a state based on the principles of Democracy and Social Justice.”
He, therefore, called for an independent legislature devoid of interference.
The Executive Director, LEAD Africa, Mr Yusuff Liadi, called for the implementation of the National Youth Policy.
“The National Youth Policy is a very brilliant policy. We are not feeling much effect of the policy. It is merely a document.
“We call on the national assembly to ensure the implementation of the policy,” he said.
The Director Programmes, ActionAid, Mrs Suwaiba Muhammad-Dankabo, said there should be a mechanism for feedbacks on every law passed.
She urged the parliament to ensure the functionality of local government councils as third tier of government.