ANEEJ Hails House of Reps Legislative Agenda
ANEEJ HAILS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES LEGISLATIVE AGENDA
Abuja—-The Seventh Session of the House of Representatives (HoR) (2011 – 2015) yesterday released a Legislative Agenda that spells out main areas of focus. They include: strengthening the operations of the House, underlying principles, as well as constitutional review, bolstering the economy among other priority areas.
The Executive Director of Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice, ANEEJ, Rev. David Ugolor while welcoming the bold step of the House in electing its new leadership congratulates the new leaders for conducting a transparent internal election as a against the traditional process which has led to the novel legislative agenda released to the public.
“We welcome the core underlying principles of the Seventh Session of the House of Representatives as it rightly initiates a new order that would foster transparency leading to institutional integrity through efficiency of public expenditure management. This in our view will bring about probity, transparency and accountability in the conduct of the business of government.” Ugolor said.
The ANEEJ helmsman equally welcomed the planned Institutionalization of mechanisms to strengthen engagement with Civil Society Organisation Liaison Office that will facilitate more effective engagement with various stakeholders including constituents and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).
More importantly, ANEEJ is very much at home with the planned overhauling of legislative process to achieve quick passage of bills and ensure strict compliance with time frames.
“We are enthused with the prioritization of the Petroleum Industry Bill by the Seventh Session of the House of Representatives which clearly demonstrates their commitment to speedy reform of the oil and gas sector. The PIB Campaign members including ANEEJ will work with the House of Reps. and the Senate and other stakeholders to ensure that the PIB is quickly passed so that the current uncertainty in the sector is swiftly addressed to signal to both Nigerians and the international community that the President Goodluck Jonathan’s transformation agenda is real and will not be business as usual.” Rev. David Ugolor stated.
“We are quite delighted that the House of Representatives recognized the fact that it has to pursue an aggressive legislative agenda to reposition itself as a key branch of government able and determined to deliver on the key elements of governance as bad governance remains the major obstacle towards Nigeria’s development,” adds Mr. Leo Atakpu, Deputy Executive Director of ANEEJ.
Atakpu urged the House of Representatives to proceed swiftly with its plan to navigate the difficult terrain of winning public trust and confidence and even of being the champion of the peoples’ cause” as originally designed by the founders of democracy.
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