The Speaker House of Representative, Femi Gbajamiamila, has disclosed that the Legislature lacks institutional archives to keep comprehensive chronicles of its activities that will always document its history for easy retrieval when needed.
Gbajamiamila made this revelation during the weekend during a two days special seminar organised for chairmen for standing and special committees tagged “Improving Legislative Performance Through Effective Committee Management” held in Lagos during the weekend.
In his statement, “Unfortunately, archiving and record-keeping within the National Assembly still falls below the standards we require. However, do not allow this to keep you from seeking out historical information about the committees you lead.
According to the Speaker, when studying the History of a committee, it is always a point of call to note, what was done, what was archived, and what wasn’t, this would guide their context that would be helpful to their endeavour and this guides one to avoid landmines you never knew they existed.
He explained henceforth, the house would build a befitting library for the National Assembly to provide all the necessary information for Nigerian on the activities of Legislature in the Democratic process.
The speaker urged members to hold the executive accountable by discharging their responsibilities through a viable legislation and oversight functions.
Gbajabiamila added, it is binding on legislators to articulate through it office the objective of nationhood through holding the executive accountable to those objective spelled out through the oversight.
He hinted that the house is tirelessly making effort to bring reform into electoral system to proffer the needed change to the betterment of our collective democratic process as whole.
Meanwhile, he charged the various committee chairmen to take the house to a greater height through innovative legacies that will stand a taste of time and put them in good light especially through honouring of late colleagues