Reps promise to prioritise national security, law reform

On Tuesday in Abuja, the speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, unveiled the eight-point Legislative Agenda of the parliament.

The priorities of the eighth legislative agenda are strengthening good governance, economic development, improving national security, law reform, economic development, social sector reform and development, inclusion and open parliament, influencing foreign policy and climate change, and environmental sustainability.

Mr Abbas disclosed this at the unveiling and public presentation of the legislative agenda. According to the speaker, this is rooted in the fundamental belief that its primary role as lawmakers was to serve constituents’ best interests.

He said the house recognised the diverse needs and challenges currently facing the nation. Mr Abbas added that despite these, the lawmakers remained optimistic that together with President Bola Tinubu, they would proffer long-lasting solutions to set Nigeria on a sure path of development.

He said, ”We are dedicated to fostering an environment that promotes sustainable economic growth and development. We shall use every legislative tool at our disposal to create jobs for our teeming youths, address the challenges posed by poverty, and improve infrastructure.”

Mr Abbas said the house under his leadership would ensure top quality and affordable healthcare and provide security for all Nigerians. He said the agenda had identified areas for legislation and intervention, and all committees were requested to integrate the agenda into their respective work plans, urging legislators to “ensure that legislative proposals, including bills, motions, etc., are in accordance with the provisions of this agenda.”

He said the adopted structure indicated short, medium and long-term milestones and key performance indicators to track progress easily. He said the implementation framework was designed to allow flexibility in responding to emerging issues or crises.

“We have equally set up a Legislative Agenda Monitoring and Implementation Committee to ensure religious implementation of this agenda,” said the speaker.