Senate President, David Mark
By Kunle Akogun
The Senate President, David Mark, has stressed the importance of good governance to the sustenance of democratic rule and charged legislators across the globe to champion transparency, justice and fairness in government as the needed ingredients to propagate and sustain democracy.
Addressing the 126th Assem-bly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) holding in Kampala, Uganda, Sunday, Mark said adherence to such principles would guarantee sustainable development and halt the tendency for dictatorship.
The Senate President is leading a 12-man Nigerian delegation which includes Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, to attend the week-long global Assembly tagged: “Parlia-ments and people: Bridging the gap.”
He said: “We can reduce the pressure from our constituents if we as legislators uphold the sanctity of accountability and transparency in our day-to-day activities. We are closer to the people; we must identify their needs and respond appropriately. You must have observed the paradigm shift from our people yearning for a participatory democracy from representative democracy. Our people are demanding more from us and we cannot shy away.”
He however maintained that the Nigerian National Assembly has improved its over sight functions on the executive arm of governments needed to provide the required check and balance but pointed out that the funding was posing limitation to their
Mark added that Nigerians especially civil society organisations are being encouraged to get involved in public hearing organised by the National Assembly, a development he said has improved the quality of legislations.
Declaring the 126th IPU open earlier, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda urged parliaments to co-operate with the executive arm of government so that people could profit from democracy.
President of the IPU and Speaker of Moroccan House of Representatives, Abdewahab Radi, called for actions against Syria and Mali just as he praised the conduct of elections in Senegal.