- An expert has warned members of the National Assembly against irrelevant motion before the plenary
- The expert said all motions to be considered at both the Senate and House of Representatives must meet the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians
- According to Ibrahim Usman, motions raised by the lawmakers should be, well research and drafted to provide good basis of legislative resolution
A legislative expert, Ibrahim Usman has warned that all motions to be considered at both the Senate and House of Representatives must meet the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians.
Usman told lawmakers at that National Assembly that motions are important business that facilitate legislative practice and procedure.
Speaking during a technical training organized by YIAGA AFRICA’s Centre of Legislative Engagement in Abuja, Usman said motions are often used on matters that do not require bill process.
He said motions raised by the lawmakers should be well research and drafted to provide good basis of legislative resolution that may meet the yearnings and aspiration of Nigerians.
Also speaking, the senior program officer of YIAGA AFRICA’s CLE, Yetunde Bakare said the aim of the training is to build the capacity of staff of the various committees in motion drafting and minute writing.
Bakare said such skills would ensure more effective work of the committees and strengthening the institutional memory of the National Assembly especially in documentation.
According to Bakare, YIAGA AFRICA's CLE with the Support of the European Union through its EU Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN) project had initially organized an induction workshop, inviting clerks from the six committees to identify their capacity building needs and discuss their priorities.
She said every committee identified training in information and communications technology (ICT) as an urgent need.
"In-line with the demand driven approach of the project, this workshop was requested by Committees staff who are beneficiaries to address the capacity gap," Bakare said.
Also discussing the importance of minute writing especially to the National assembly, Habila Amos urged heads of committees at the National assembly to always adopt and sign minute of meetings as it remains the only surviving record of the meeting.
He warned that the level of implementation of training of this nature largely depends on the willingness of leaders of public service to put working for the nation above personal interest.
Appreciating YIAGA AFRICA for the initiative, participants said the training was timely as it will aide better discharge of their responsibilities as National Assembly Clerks.
According to the Clerk of Constituency Outreach committee of the House representatives, Lauratu Idris, the training will give opportunity to evaluate and improve the operations of the state of National Assembly resolution implementation.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the All Progressives Congress candidate for Bauchi south senatorial district said he will work towards the amendment of the Constitution to make President Muhammadu Buhari president for life.
Lawal Yahaya-Gumau if elected he would push for the amendment of the constitution in favour of President Buhari.
Gumau who is currently in his eight year at the House of Representatives on behalf of the Toro federal constituency, said protecting Buhari’s interest is the sole mandate.
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