In furtherance of its mandate to adequately and accurately inform the citizenry on government policy, programmes and activities, the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in collaboration with Hallowmace Foundation Africa organized the 4th Edition of the National Legislative Conference tagged “Constituency Projects and National Development”.
Since its inception four years ago, the conference has provided a platform for the National Assembly to amplify its voice on matters relating to governance, legislative practices and procedures. In addition, the conference has also succeeded in stimulating the lawmaker’s commitment towards the discharge of their duties and responsibilities to the electorate.
Constituency Projects are critical to national development as they are one of the means by which the Federal Government intends to take development to the nooks and cranny of the country through the active involvement of the Distinguished Senators and Honourable Members of the National Assembly. It is for the reason that this year’s conference was centered on the challenges and prospects of Constituency Projects.
In his opening remarks, the Director General, NOA, Garba Abari stated that the execution of the Constituency Projects have sometimes raised fundamental questions on the efficacy of government’s service delivery. It has also highlighted the role of legislators in selecting development priorities, and how public participation in policy making can be made more meaningful. The DG noted that despite the challenges, Constituency Projects have been credited with a lot of grassroots development with direct impact on various communities across the country.
Present at the conference include the Chairman Independent Corrupt Practices & other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Prof. Bolaji Owosanya, Sen. Aliyu Sabi Abdulahi, Deputy Whip of the Senate, Rt. Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa, Leader, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Abubakar Sulaiman, Chairman, Nigeria Conference of Speakers, Seun Onigbinde, Co-Founder, Budgit Mr Clement Nwankwo, ED Policy and Legal Advocacy, Hon. Onazi Nicholas Ossai, Member, House of Representatives, Hon. Nnnena Elendu Ukeju, Member,House of Representatives, amongst several other dignitaries.