Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has named Prof. Auwalu Yadudu, former Legal Adviser to the late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha; Chief Olisa Agbakoba and Nigerian Bar Association, NBA President, Mr. Austin Alegeh, as members of a 21-man law reform committee to advise him and the Lower House on the legislative action required for the revision of all existing laws with a view to incorporating all amendments and adaptations already in place.
Other members of the committee are Hon. Mohammed Tahir Monguno, Hon. Razak Atunwa, Hon. Ken Chikere, Hon. Madubueze Peter Obiano and Hon. Olabode Ayorinde.
There are also Hon. Simon Arabo, NBA Secretary, Mr. Afam Osigwe, Prof C. O. Okonkwo, Prof Oyelowo Oyewo, Prof Joash Amupitan, Dr. Ladi Hamalai and Prof. Okechukwu Okoli, Mr. Kefas Magaji, Mrs. Oguneye, Mr. M. A. Sani Omolori, Hon. C. I. D. Maduabum, Dr. S. A. Danwanka and Prof. Ade Adekunle.
The committee will also collate all existing laws and evaluate their efficacy and effectiveness as well as assess all existing laws and identify areas which require reform or further legislative action.
Dogara, who inaugurated the committee yesterday in Abuja, admitted that the National Assembly has had serious distractions since its inauguration on June 9, but said it was time they got down to work.
The Speaker said the House was resolutely committed to the expeditious passing of all major bills before it so as to make positive impact on the wellbeing of Nigerians.
He noted that the major reason that informed the setting up of the committee was the urgent need to review the various laws in the statute books which had become obsolete, anachronistic and outdated.
Dogara explained that by the provision of Sections 315 of the Constitution, all existing laws, including the military era legislations, were deemed to be Acts of the National Assembly.
“The 8th Assembly has had a few distractions, but it is time to get on to the job for which we were elected. Apart from reviewing existing laws, law reform involves introduction of new laws where necessary.
“Laws that aid the anti-corruption struggle, infrastructure renewal, efficient and optimal utilisation of our petroleum resources, solid minerals, education and social services, agriculture, diversification of our economy and massive employment of our teeming youthful population should engage our undivided attention as a parliament.
“The good news, however, is that the 8th House of Representatives is resolutely committed to expeditious passing of all major bills before it or submitted to it that will impact positively on the lives and wellbeing of Nigerians. This is the irrevocable undertaking enshrined in our legislative agenda,” Dogara stated.
He stressed that law reform was one of the most critical and indispensable part of all reforms in a given society.
The Speaker pointed out that Nigeria was currently in a new era where things were expected to be done differently, more efficiently and more effectively, adding that the change expected in the country cannot be achieved without an effective legal framework that serves the needs of the people.
Dogara said the committee was being inaugurated to assist the House in cleaning up its Statute books and bring all laws up to date in order to meet the social, political and developmental needs of the country.
He also pledged to introduce and enforce strict timeframes for passing legislation, stressing that they must build necessary synergy with their counterparts in the Senate to coordinate activities of both chambers and avoid duplication, overlap and waste of time and resources.


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