Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has said that the Nigerian legislature is a veritable instrument for social transformation.
However, “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 regretted.
The first, he posited “is the rising attrition in the number of returning members which currently stands at 30 percent in the last 12 years”, while the second is the downward spiral in members’ image.”
Ugwuanyi made the assertion while delivering the 55th Founders’ Lecture of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN, at the Princess Alexandra Unity Hall and Theatre, yesterday.
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.
The lecture which had a second republic Minister of Aviation, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, as its chairman, was attended by the entire members of the Enugu State executive council and legislature, as well as traditional rulers and the university community.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof Benjamin Ozumba, said UNN has been making outstanding contributions to the nation’s manpower development.

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