Speaker of the House of Representives, Yakubu Dogara on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 presented a drafted legislative agenda to the House.
Dogara mentioned that the content of the presented draft has been his set objectives while campaigning to become the Speaker.
While on the podium, he urged his colleagues to adopt the agenda as legislative actions required for the reformation aimed at overall socio-economic and political development in Nigeria.
“Legislative and Executive programmes, policies and laws made by the National Assembly are often not efficiently or effectively implemented by the executive branch.
“Consequently, oversight of executive programmes and activities has become very critical to effective performance of the Executive and good governance in Nigeria.
“The House Oversight activities shall leverage on the constitutionally mandated power of investigation under Sections 88 and 89 of the Constitution to expose corruption, inefficiency and waste in the conduct of government business.
“Further powers as contained in the Legislative Houses (Powers and Privileges) Act will be effectively utilized,” said the Speaker of the House of Reps.
“The 8th House has the necessary political will and capacity to continue with vigorous oversight of the executive branch as this promotes accountability
and reduces incompetence, misuse of government funds and abuse of power.
“Where necessary, the House shall institute an appropriate system to involve CSOs, citizen monitoring groups, and the media in oversight and monitoring and evaluation of projects.
“In carrying out its oversight and investigative hearing activities, the House shall ensure that its powers are not misused or abused by either Members or Committees.
“To this end, the 8th House shall strengthen its processes, Rules and internal structures to support its Oversight and Investigating Hearing activities and ensure full access to all government financial information.
“It shall also develop mechanisms to sanction those who do not cooperate with its oversight or investigative activities or who refuse to implement legislative wishes or Resolutions,” he said.
He also beckoned on the upper legislative arm of Nigeria’s bicameral legislature, to collaborate with the House of Reps in delivering legislation that will tackle the problems plaguing Nigeria.
“The House of Representatives will collaborate with its counterpart in the Senate and other arms of government to legislate for the common good of the Nigerian people. Our legislative activities will cover critical spheres of life in Nigeria. The House will legislate to achieve reforms in Nigeria’s national economy and development, tackle poverty, unemployment, confront the scourge of corruption, terrorism and security challenges in the country.
“The House will also give priority to green legislation to address environmental challenges such as desertification, erosion and pollution.
“The 8th House of Representatives will also work assiduously to improve the governance process in Nigeria by legislating to cut the cost of running government, reduce wastage and tackle National Revenue leakages,” he said.