A virile, diligent and purposeful legislature could be achieved through adequate human capacity programmes, for the actualization of best legislative practices and other related activities, for the overall benefit of the society.
The Ogun State House of Assembly Speaker, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, stated this while declaring open, an in-house orientation workshop for members of the Assembly, saying well trained legislators would ensure diligence and vibrancy in achieving a legislative arm that would complement the efforts of other arms of government for the development of the State.
Rt. Hon. Oluomo, noted that the vision of the Assembly at ensuring judicious utilisation of public funds would be achieved with vibrant and competent legislators, who needed to be equipped for the enormous tasks ahead.
He reiterated his resolve to ensure adequate welfare and training of the Assembly’s workforce, as well as ensure a harmonious working relationship with other arms of government, enjoining participants to avail themselves of the opportunity to broaden their horizon on legislative procedures, with a view to ensuring improved and optimal performance in the discharge of their duties.
Delivering a paper titled, “Essential Requirements for a Quintessential Legislator”, the Speaker stressed the need for his colleague-lawmakers to honour the institution they represent by avoiding acts inimical to the reputation of the legislature, pointing out that lawmakers must be people of honour, integrity and always ready to learn.
In their separate responses, participants including, Honourables Yusuf Adejojo, Bolanle Ajayi, Adegoke Adeyanju and Sylvester Abiodun, said the technical sessions of the training had equipped them with knowledge, skills and technicalities that would guide them in their activities as lawmakers.
They expressed appreciation to the organisers and resource persons for the training, promising to raise the standard of performance in legislative proceedings.
Other papers delivered included, “Structure and Functions of the Legislature’’, ‘’Essential Literature for Effective Legislative Performance’’ and ‘’Standing Order, Motions, Debates and Resolutions”.