Enugu State governor, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi says the Nigerian legislature is a veritable instrument for social transformation.
Governor Ugwuanyi made the assertion while delivering the 55th Founders’ Lecture of the University of Nigeria, UNN held Wednesday at the Princess Alexandra Unity Hall and Theatre of the institution.
According to him, “capacity issues hobble its effectiveness and efficiency including two critical areas of concern which appear to have deleterious consequences on the ability of the National Assembly members to act as harbingers of democratic change”, the governor said.
Speaking on the theme: “Legislation as Instrument of Social Justice in a Growing Democracy”, Ugwuanyi contended that in the face of the increasing popularity of democracy in Nigeria and the attendant shift of institutional paradigm towards the good of the people, the constitutional mandate of the legislature is far from being self-arrogated.
According to him, “the mandate is not based on the rules of the thumb, rather it is an established reality rooted in the body of laws upon which the operations of the state is based.
“Put differently, the Legislature is both a producer and a product of the law”, he explained.
Continuing he said, “this means that the people are the essence of government; without the people, there can be no government. In other words, government exists for the good of the people and it is the people who give meaning and legitimacy to the government.”
The lecture, which held under the chairmanship Chief John Nnia Nwodo, Second Republic minister of aviation was attended by the entire members of the state executive council and legislature as well as traditional rulers and the university community.
Speaking in an address of welcome, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof Benjamin Ozumba, said the University of Nigeria had been making outstanding contributions to the nation’s manpower development.
Ozumba also disclosed that the university had instituted a cash reward programme for members of the academic community who make publications of their work in any high impact scholarly journal.

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