The Oyo State House of Assembly in partnership with YIAGA AFRICA organized a town hall on the development of a Citizen Driven Legislative Agenda. The town hall aimed at getting feedbacks from the constituency and giving opportunity to the constituency to contribute to the development of the 9th State Assembly Legislative Agenda.
In the welcome address at the town hall, the Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin stated 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.
In addition, Dr. Ernest Ereke, Coordinator YIAGA AFRICA Centre for Legislative Engagement said, the development of the legislative agenda by the Assembly will encourage youths and other stakeholders’ participation in the law-making process and other activities within four (4) years of the legislative engagements of the 9th Assembly.
He said the town hall meeting was the initiative of the Assembly and YIAGA AFRICA is proud to be providing technical support. “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,” Dr. Ereke stated.
Hon. Ayotunde Olajide Fatokun, Chairman, Parliamentary Council, highlighted the achievements of the 9th Assembly and their influence on the executive to embark on some projects, such as, road/bridge amendment, renovation of public schools and the purchase of new security vehicles. In his goodwill message, Hon. Babatunde Oduyoye, Special Adviser to the Governor on Political matters, assured the Legislature and citizens that the executive arm of government will give the Assembly all the support to ensure that the Legislative Agenda is launched and implemented.
The town hall had in attendance 32 Honourable members from the State House of Assembly, Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters, Attorney General, Commissioner of Youth and Sport, Deputy Clerk of the State House of Assembly, CSOs, Non- Indigenes and 3 representatives each from the 33 Local Government Areas.
Prior to the town hall, YIAGA AFRICA had deployed enumerators in all the local governments in Oyo state to find out from people what they actually want from the lawmakers. The organization’s coordinator, Dr. Ereke mentioned that this was aimed at getting as much opinions as possible that would fit into the legislative agenda.
During the interactive session with constituents, Prof. Shola Omotola, YIAGA AFRICA, presented a paper on “Enhancing Democratic Accountability through Citizen Participation in Legislative Agenda”. He mentioned the rights of the citizen and one of which is their input to the legislative agenda. He encouraged the citizens to constantly interface with the legislature. The representatives from the 33 Local Governments expressed their needs and the expectations they have for the 9th Assembly. They stated the challenges faced and asked the assembly for interventions.
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