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Oyo Assembly seeks citizens’ contributions for robust legislation



As part of efforts to develop people-oriented legislative agenda, the Oyo State House of Assembly has called for the support of the people of the state to ensure robust legislation.

The Speaker of the Assembly, Mr Debo Ogundoyin, made the call while speaking at a town hall meeting, held on Wednesday in Ibadan.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the meeting was organised by the Assembly, in collaboration with Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA) Africa.

NAN also reports that the meeting had as its theme: “Citizens’ Town Hall Meeting on Development of a Legislative Agenda”.

Ogundoyin said that although legislative agenda was not a popular practice, especially in Oyo State, it was the best way to give direction to the legislature.

“Although the state has a four-cardinal programme, which includes Security, Education, Agriculture and Health, we want the people of the state to contribute towards what they will like to see and the kind of laws they want the Assembly to develop.

“The meeting is meant to collect and aggregate people’s contributions towards good legislature in the state,” Ogundoyin said.

Dr Ernest Ereke, Coordinator, YIAGA Africa, said that the town hall meeting was the initiative of the Assembly, adding that his organisation only provided technical support.

Ereke said: “this meeting is an activity of the 9th Oyo State House of Assembly, organised because the Assembly wants to find out from people issues that are of topmost priority to them.

“The Assembly wants to give itself agenda that will guide its activities in the next three years or thereabout.

“In developing the legislative agenda, the Assembly thought that it would perform better if it had the contributions of the citizens.”

In addition to the agenda, Ereke said that YIAGA had deployed enumerators in all the local governments in the state to find out from people what they actually wanted from the lawmakers.

Ereke said that this was aimed at getting as much opinions as possible that would fit into the legislative agenda.

He added that the enumerators were just back from the field and currently doing the analysis, adding “we can only speak authoritatively when we have the analysis completed”.

Mr Babatunde Ogunyoye, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters, said that this was the first time the Assembly would call on citizens to make inputs into its legislative activities with a view to fashioning out a robust agenda.

He urged the people to make good use of the meeting by making meaningful contributions to the legislative agenda.

NAN reports that members of the Assembly and the state Commissioner of Youth and Sports, Mr Seun Fakorede were among those present at the event.

Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq

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