As part of its support for young legislators especially young speakers and principal officers of state house of assemblies, YIAGA AFRICA Centre for Legislative Engagement (CLE) has commenced the development of a citizens driven legislative agenda with the Zamfara State House of Assembly. Having met with speaker of Oyo state house of assembly for the same purpose, YIAGA AFRICA CLE had an inaugural meeting with the Speaker of Zamfara state assembly Rt. Hon. Nasiru Mu’azu Magarya to facilitate a legislative agenda that will ensure proper citizen representation in the state.
During the inaugural meeting, Dr. Ernest Ereke, Coordinator, YIAGA AFRICA CLE, explained the importance of a citizen driven legislative agenda, saying it “will be achieved by administering questionnaires to all the Local Government Areas in Zamfara State”. He further explained that, “at the completion of the survey, a report would be produced, and the organization will organize a townhall to share the result of the findings with the Technical Working Group”. In addition, information gotten from the townhall will also be put into consideration when drafting the legislative agenda. Dr. Ereke also took the committee through the Legislative Needs Assessment template.
Hon. Nasiru Mu’azu Magarya, appreciated the effort of YIAGA AFRICA while assuring that the present crop of young legislatures in the state are ever ready to work in synergy with the CLE team to achieve all the desirable goals. He revealed that the Sixth Zamfara State House of Assembly has developed an agenda that will serve as a working document for the legislature in the State, however he also said “the Sixth assembly under his leadership is ever ready to work with nongovernmental organisations to bring rapid socio economic development to the state.
In attendance at the meeting was also the Chief Whip, Deputy Chief Whip, Clerk, Deputy Clerk, Director on Legal Matters and other Honourable Members. The members of the Technical Working Group include the Deputy Majority Leader of the Assembly, Alhaji Nasiru Bello (Bungudu West) as Chairman, The deputy Speaker of the house, Alhaji Bawa Musa as Vice Chairman and Zahradeen M-Sada (Kaura-Namoda North) as member. Other members are Aminu Jangebe, (Talata-Mafara South); Salihu Hamza, Director Budget, Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning; the House Deputy Clerk, Mahmuda Aliyu to serve as the Secretary, while the House Public Relations Officer, Mustapha Jafaru-Kaura is the assistant Secretary of the Committee.