How the House Plans to Use Media to Ensure Citizens’ Participation – @SpeakerDogara
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, on Thursday received members of the UK Parliament in his office. The delegation, which was led by Stephen Twigg (MP), chairman of the Committee on International Development, visited on a mission to strengthen ties between the parliaments of both countries.
In a statement released by the Special Adviser to the Speaker on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, the Speaker also spoke on the need to keep the people informed and make proceedings within the House transparent via media agencies – television and radio respectively – which would report exclusively on the National Assembly. This, the Speaker said, would be in line with the legislative agenda of the House and the commitment to ensure citizens’ participation. Dogara said such an initiative would enable Nigerians assess and access activities of their elected representatives as the stations when established will transmit proceedings live from both chambers.
The Speaker further disclosed that the House of Representatives had set up the Nigeria-British Parliamentary Friendship Group, which he said would soon visit Britain to strengthen the relationship between the two parliaments.
The Speaker also told the UK lawmakers that the House of Representatives had begun the process of amending over 130 laws of the country to meet contemporary realities, with the support of the Department for International Development (DFID).
Dogara, who expressed gratitude to Britain for supporting the 8th House of Representatives since its inauguration, also solicited its support in building the capacity of members.
Speaking earlier, leader of the delegation, Stephen Twigg (MP), said they were in the National Assembly to understudy the parliament and areas of partnership in ensuring a robust legislature. He further said that they are committed to strengthening relations between the UK Parliament and Nigeria’s National Assembly.