14 August 2020 by Aisha Adesanya
The National Assembly says plans are underway for it to operate an E-Parliament.
The Acting Clerk to the National Assembly, Olatunde Ojo, disclosed this when leadership of the Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA Africa) visited him in Abuja.
According to him, his administration has a goal to transform the National Assembly for better service delivery of constitutional responsibilities that is of international standard in lawmaking, representation and oversight.
The acting clerk added said that the National Assembly’s management under his leadership would work to ensure that anyone seeking information from the National Assembly can access it easily.
“So, we want to make sure that the National Assembly operates e-parliament and to operate e-parliament, we have to develop our ICT so that when anyone comes into the National Assembly, whether as a media man or you belong to one group or the other, you can easily log on and access anywhere in the world and we would make accessibility to lawmaking and everything on National Assembly free for everybody, the moment you enter into this place.”
He further pointed out that capacity building of the staff would be given utmost priority adding that his leadership would operate an open door policy to ensure that all knowledge gaps in the legislature are bridged.
“To this end, the management under my leadership wou make sure that the work of the Assembly altogether, is done with utmost transparency, making sure that at all times everyone involved would be willing to do what he is expected to do and do it promptly also, the right way it should be done.Our capacity development therefore would be a continuous process, making sure that the knowledge gaps we have in the various parts of the National Assembly are filled so that from any part of the National Assembly, if you pick a staff, he speaks and acts as a legislative bureaucrat.
Earlier, the Executive Director of YIAGA Africa, Mr. Samson Itodo, who said the visit was to congratulate the Clerk on his appointment urged him to use his office to promote openness, fairness and accountability.