23 July 2024

Why Governors Must See Legislature As Partners, Not Appendages – Obasa, Lawmakers

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  • Lagos Assembly urges NASS to criminalise acts against Parliamentary independence

  • wants more recognitions for past Speakers

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday called on governors in Nigeria to avoid seeing state legislatures as appendages of the executive but instead, treat lawmakers as partners in the progress and development of states.

The House, which described the legislature as the bedrock of democracy, further called on the National Assembly to criminalise any action that violates the independence of the parliament.

The House passed the resolutions in commemoration of the 2024 edition of the International Day of Parliamentarism celebrated on June 30.

The House further urged Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to recognise past speakers of the Lagos Assembly for their contributions to the state’s growth and development.

The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, emphasised the significance of honouring past speakers who have served and contributed to the development of the state.

Dr. Obasa asserted that without the parliament, there is no democracy. He highlighted the institution’s crucial role in governance through lawmaking, motions and resolutions.

He described the International Day of Parliamentarism as a day to “do more to draw the attention of Nigerians to the importance of the legislature.”

While congratulating parliamentarians across the country for their contributions toward the nation’s development, Obasa said: “It is also important to note that a government has three arms, and if one is missing, there is no government.

“Since 1979 when this House was established under Alhaji Lateef Jakande, none of the past speakers have been celebrated.

“We should celebrate those who have represented us well and convey to the National Assembly the need to allow Houses of Assembly to practise what the constitution says about the parliament effectively and to provide the necessary support.

“The governors should also give the political will to the parliament to enable it to perform its duties as stated in the constitution,” Dr. Obasa added.

Other lawmakers who contributed supported that the parliament should be celebrated while applauding the leadership of Speaker Obasa.

Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu, representing Eti-Osa constituency 2, said the role of a parliament cannot be overemphasised.

“Democracy is all about the parliament. It is a bridge between the people and government, but we are sometimes underappreciated as representatives of the people. There is no gap between the parliament and the people. There is no type of government that can exist without parliament,” he said.

Hon. Desmond Elliot (Surulere ) noted that nothing occurs in a state without the input of the parliament while Hon. Sa’ad Olumoh described parliamentarians as stabilisers of the polity who deserve to be celebrated.

Hon. Adedamola Richard Kasunmu urged that the House should consider being a part of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

Eromosele Ebhomele
Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly.

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