30 August 2016
A former member of the National Assembly, Sen. Ganiyu Solomon, on Tuesday faulted the call in some quarters for part-time legislature in the country.
He said that part-time parliament would be at variance with the democratic structure currently in place.
Solomon stated this while speaking with newsmen on the side-line of the annual Public Lecture and Book Presentation organised by the Lagos State Ministry of Information Chapel the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Lagos.
“You cannot talk about part-time legislature just because we realise some people are doing things that are not right.
“We used to have the parliamentary system of government; we now changed to presidential system of government. Those countries practicing presidential system of government, do they have part-time legislature?
“We need to look internally, not only at the legislature; discovery of massive looted funds does not call for part-time legislature,” he said.
Solomon, who represented Lagos West Senatorial District in the Senate between 2007 and 2015, said that the state government had touched all aspects of development in effort to enhance living standards in the state.
Vice-Chancellor, Lagos State University, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, who was the Guest Speaker at the event, said that transparent governance, access to information and policy collaboration, among others, were frontiers for inclusive governance.
Fagbohun commended the initiatives of Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode in the areas of stakeholder engagement, quarterly town hall meetings and the establishment of Office of Civic Engagement and Disability Affairs.
Also, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the state, Mr Steve Ayorinde, commended the NUJ chapel for the “intellectually-motivated’’ initiative that brought to the fore, the achievements of the state government.