Senator kicks against part-time legislature

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

A Nigerian Senator, Ganiyu Solomon has faulted the call in some quarters for part-time legislature in the country.

Senator Solomon stated this in an interview with journalists on the sidelines of the Annual Public Lecture/Book presentation event organised by the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Lagos Information Chapel.

Solomon, who represented Lagos West Senatorial District between 2007 and 2015 in the Nigerian Senate, maintained that part-time legislature would run at variance with the structure of democracy being practiced in Nigeria.

“You cannot talk about part time legislation just because some people quote and unquote are doing things that are not right; we used to have the parliamentary system of government, we now changed to presidential system, those countries practicing presidential system of government, do they have part time legislature, we need to look internally, not only at the legislature, for instance the discovery of massive looted funds does not call for part-time legislature,” Solomon said.

All-inclusive government

Speaking on the theme of the event which is “All Inclusive Government: Lagos State in Perspective;” Senator Solomon said the incumbent administration had touched all aspects that concerned the people.

“So far, Lagos has done very well, the governor must have got the inspiration from somewhere, I will say that he should not relent; if you want to begin to talk of areas where you think he can improve, maybe you want to do that deliberately, to me he has touched every aspect of human life in Lagos State, education, health, provision of infrastructure, economy, people with disabilities and so on despite the limited resources, we know that no government can solve every problem but if Lagos continues like this, most problems will be addressed,” the Senator reiterated.

In the same vein, the Vice Chancellor, Lagos State University, Professor Olanrewaju Fagbohun who was the Guest Speaker at the Annual Public Lecture, identified transparent governance, access to information, policy collaboration and participatory budgeting as frontiers for inclusive governance.

Professor Fagbohun commended the initiatives of the Lagos State Governor in the areas of stakeholder engagement, quarterly town hall meetings and the Offices of Civic Engagement and Disability Affairs.

“The involvement of the citizens in governance by the Akinwunmi Ambode led administration has without doubt given a huge boost to the legitimacy of the state government while also enhancing effectiveness in the delivery of public services across the state,” he highlighted.

Lagos State Commissioner for Information- Mr Steve Ayorinde commended the NUJ Information Chapel for the intellectually motivated initiative that brought to the fore, a catalogue of the achievements of the state government.

“It is heart-warming that this second edition of the Lecture series instituted by the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Lagos Information Chapel has witnessed the unveiling of a publication cataloguing the achievements of the state government; the annual lecture series no doubt have contributed significantly to the body of growing literature on the activities of government and debate on issues that affect Nigeria in general,” Mr Ayorinde stressed.

The Chairman, NUJ Information Chapel, Mrs Adeola Lawal-Ashiru on her part said that the theme of the 2016 Lecture was informed by the initiatives of the Lagos State Government since the assumption of office of Governor Ambode.

Mrs Lawal-Asiru noted that the forum was also aimed at setting agenda for those in authority.