'We Need A Virile Parliament'

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Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, has harped on the need to build a parliament in the state that will compare favourably with others across the world.

The Speaker stated this in his remarks during the five-day parliamentary tour and training programme for members and staff of the Assembly in Victoria, London, recently.

According to him, although Lagos Assembly is number one in Nigeria, it is, however, still far from its destination.

“United Kingdom is the oldest democracy among the living ones from which Nigeria has borrowed so much and thus remains a place we will always go for further exposure,” Ikuforiji remarked, while expressing hope that the seventh Assembly will always excel among other state assemblies.

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“We must take the good things from other parts of the world to better our own system,” he said and used the occasion to thank the members for their change of attitude by being punctual at sittings, stating that there is room for improvement.

The programme included visits to the UK Parliament and interactive session/experience sharing with some British counterparts.

Speaking earlier in his welcome address, Clerk/Permanent Secretary of the Assembly, Taiwo Olatunji, said the choice of London for the programme is because of its uniqueness to Nigerians in a number of ways. “Our choice to have the programme in London is premised upon our ardent quest for knowledge and legislative excellence as well as the side attraction it offers.

“The United Kingdom has a long and admirable history from which we have a lot to learn and ours being a knowledge-based legislature, has continued to invest on capacity building to sharpen our transformation skills and equip members with knowledge and skills required to position them to be in good stead to contribute maximally to efficient service delivery,” he noted, stressing on the need for legislators to remain relevant, vibrant, efficient and effective in the discharge of their duties to the people through continuous learning and exposure to right values and shared experience.

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