Legislators in Osun State have tasked the executive arm of government across Nigeria on the implementation of the laws being passed by varying houses of assembly.
The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Najeem Salaam gave this charge at a two-day workshop on legislative practice and procedures organised for the lawmakers in the State at Ijebu-Ijesa township.
He expressed concern over the poor level of implementation of laws passed by the legislatures, saying, proper implementation is only given to laws in which the executive are interested.
In a statement signed by the Assembly spokesperson, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, Najeem described as ‘unfortunate’ a situation where legislators passed bills that could improve the states and nation’s economy; but were met with poor or no implementation from the
“On the passage of bill, not minding the number, bill would only be spassed for its sake, if they are not implemented.
“There are several bills passed in this country after legislators have put in their best, but not being implemented. There are bills that can develop this state and Nigeria as a whole that are there lying fallow”, he said.
In a lecture, a former Clerk of the House of Representatives, Dr Niyi Ajiboye said lack of financial autonomy of the lawmakers has been responsible for the poor implementation of the laws passed by houses of assembly.
He said, if the Assemblies are given autonomy, they would be more efficient in holding the executive responsible for non-implementation of laws.
Meanwhile, at the workshop, the Osun State Speaker blamed the delay in the passage of the 2016 budget on the present cash crunch in the country but stressed that the Assembly would do a thorough job to ensure a realistic budget.
“The Assembly has been looking critically into the budget, monitoring the trend of revenue to arrive at a reasonable conclusion in appropriation law for the year,” said the Speaker.
The workshop was meant to enhance capacity of lawmakers on the application of legislative rules and procedures, as well as ensuring effective, robust and participatory legislative process.