National Assembly has helped save Nigeria from collapse ---Speaker Dogara

Speaker Dogara
In order to attain stable, strong and effective governance in Nigeria, the National Assembly must receive priority attention in terms of capacity building, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has disclosed.

The Speaker said this while delivering an address on the topic, “Parliamentary Institution Building in Africa” at the convocation ceremony of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS)/University of Benin Post Graduate Programmes for the 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 Academic sessions, which held at the National Assembly.

He explained that because the legislature is the true face of democracy, especially in maturing democracies such as that of Nigeria, where it serves as the stabilising force with robust constitutional powers to check-mate the executive misuse and abuse of power which occasionally rears its head.

Making a case for strengthening the institutions to produce good governance, Hon Dogara added that the imperative of building healthy and strong institutions, like the legislature, in place of strong personalities, has been the bane of our democratic experience in Nigeria.

Going further, he stated, “Time has come to reverse this trend in order to achieve the goals of a robust and sustainable economic, social and political development, not only in Nigeria but in Africa as a whole.

 “It is our considered opinion that if there is any institution of government that should receive priority attention in terms of capacity building, it is the legislature. This is because the legislature is the true face of democracy," the Speaker said among other things. 

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