The shift to E-parliament, legislative capacity and transparency in legislative responsibility dominated the discussion when Yiaga Africa paid a congratulatory visit to the new acting Clerk of the National Assembly, Arc. Olatunde Amos Ojo. On Friday 14th August 2020, Yiaga Africa Centre for Legislative Engagement during a congratulatory visit to the clerk of the National Assembly raised critical issues, key among them is the huge opportunity that avails to the clerk of the National Assembly to protect openness at the National Assembly.

In this vein, Mr Olatunde Amos Ojo, has assured that the federal legislative body will soon be upgraded to operate e-parliament in line with global best practices saying the National Assembly’s management under his leadership will work to ensure that anybody that comes to the National Assembly to seek information can get it at the click of a button. He said, “It is very important and there are diverse ways this can happen. With the COVID-19 pandemic, technology provides a huge opportunity and so e-parliament should be a top agenda.

According to him, “The National Assembly is one institution that is most misunderstood by Nigerians and likely so because the communications and public engagement with citizens has not been as desired and as a Clerk, there is a lot of expectations that given your experience and also your disposition, that you will bring that to bare in this leadership role in providing citizens access to the National Assembly as well as citizens participation.

While acknowledging the environmental challenges that negatively impact on the work ethics and professional standard of the National Assembly bureaucracy, Arc Ojo assures that the National Assembly under his leadership will be done with utmost transparency, making sure that at all times everyone is involved.
“Our capacity development therefore will be a continuous process, making sure that the knowledge gaps we have in the various parts of the National Assembly are filled up so that from any part of the National Assembly if you pick a staff, he speaks and acts as a legislative bureaucrat.

“That is what we want to make sure we achieve and we are trusting that by the time we set this house properly definitely since it is our objective, God helping us we are going to attain it’, he added.
Speaking during the visit, Executive Director of Yiaga Africa remind the clerk of the high expectations on openness and inclusiveness expected of the National Assembly clerk. He said, “The National Assembly is one institution that is most misunderstood by Nigerians and likely so because the communications and public engagement with citizens have not been as desired and as a Clerk, there is a lot of expectations that given your experience and also your disposition, that you will bring that to bare in this leadership role in providing citizens access to the National Assembly as well as citizens participation.
“It is very important and there are diverse ways this can happen. With the COVID-19 pandemic, technology provides a huge opportunity and so e-parliament should be a top agenda”, Itodo said.