MARK, BANKOLE WANT LEGISLATORS TO COMMIT THEMSELVES TO THE TASK AHEAD
The president of the Senate, David Mark has tasked in-coming federal legislators to attend legislative sessions as well as participate actively in their various committee meetings, if they are to give optimal value to the people they are representing.
David Mark, who was represented by Senator Ganiyu Solomon, spoke in Kano on Monday night, at the opening ceremony of an induction workshop for the 2011 members-elect of the National Assembly.
The Senate President welcomed the legislators from their various campaign experiences but reminded them that all eyes were on the members of the National Assembly, hence they must put in their best in the service of their people.
In a goodwill massage, the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole observed that their success at the polls was a pointer to the fact that their respective constituencies trusted in their ability to effectively represent their interests by promoting legislations that would promote good governance in the country.
Bankole, who reminded them that the challenge of law making for peace, order and good government was a huge task, similarly urged them all to discharge their legislative responsibilities with the requisite vigor.
He observed that it was important for them all to be conversant with the various provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the developmental challenges confronting Nigeria, the rules of debate, the legislative practice and procedures, the administrative set ups and workings of the National Assembly.
He further noted that while previous learning and experiences in diverse professions often aided the job performance, lack of familiarity with the rules of debate, the legislative practices and procedure would constitute a clearly formidable obstacle to the cohesiveness and smooth operation of the National Assembly.