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Okpala Condemns House for Failing to Protect Image

19 May 2013

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Anayo Okolie

A public affairs practitioner, Mr. Obiora Chidolue Okpala saturday deplored the leadership of the House of Representatives for not finding an effective way to preserve the image of the legislative arm of the government from the antics of the executive before the very good people they represent.

Okpala who said he had critically followed the drama going on the country between the executive and legislative arms of government, said the image of the National Assembly which the Nigerian people held so high some years back had dropped so low that any time it is mentioned people look either way.

He posited that the legislature is the most critical branch of government by virtue of its relationship to the people that preserve the common man from the excesses and recklessness of the executive.

The public affairs practitioner, explained that it maintains close affinity with the people, saying that members are elected directly by the people, and as representatives it remains the soul of the democracy and because of its central importance, it cannot be separated from the core of the democratic political process because it remains the bastion of the democracy.

Unfortunately, he said shots are thrown at the nation’s legislature consistently by the executive each time they want to carry out their oversight responsibility over the executive.

“Fiyeofori Lawson , of the Anti Corruption Network wrote recently of the Executive’s  continued affront against the  Legislature after some Ministers and top government personnel of the MDA’s failed to turn up at the joint public hearing by the investigation panel of the House of the Representatives into the implementation of the Subsidy Re-Investment and Empowerment Programme, SURE-P.

“He argued on why top government functionaries who are supposed to be accountable to the people will not attend a public oversight into the activities that affect the Nigerian public and he captured thus.” But Okpala said: “The truth about the absurdities of modern Nigeria is that in the final analysis, we are all victims. The legislature, it must be emphasized represents the people of Nigeria and anything that diminishes the institution or the constitutional duties of lawmakers also diminishes us as a nation.

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