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House of representative speaker Gbajabiamila and the politics of budget defence

House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila’s media aide Musa Krishi examines the affect of efficient price range defence by lawmakers as a situation for fostering good governance.

Thursday, October 24, 2019 will undoubtedly go down within the historical past of the House of Representatives as one of many file setting days within the Green Chamber when the Speaker, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, attended the price range defence classes of three completely different committees.

For the file, that is the primary time {that a} Speaker of the House would, out of his busy schedule because the Number 4 Citizen, set out time to attend the price range defence session of any standing committee of the House. While many individuals could also be shocked about this, to a few of us which have recognized the person for fairly a while now, it isn’t a shock as he has been a file setter in the whole lot he does.

The Committees whose price range defence classes the Speaker attended had been Defence, chaired by Rep. Babajimi Benson (APC, Lagos); Water Resources, headed by Rep. Sada Soli (APC, Katsina), and Sports, chaired by Rep. Olumide Osoba (APC, Ogun).

On that fateful day, the Speaker left the consolation zone (or ought to I say the busy zone) of his workplace about couple of minutes previous midday and walked an extended distance inside the House New Building to Conference Room 244, the place the House Committee on Defence was having its price range defence session, with the Chief of Defence Staff General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin in attendance.

The Committee Chairman, Rep Benson, didn’t waste time in asserting the arrival of the Speaker, who was in firm of the House Leader, Rep Alhassan Ado Doguwa (APC, Kano).

As it’s his wont, being an outstanding lawmaker who’s all the time inquisitive and able to contribute his quota to any nationwide problem, Speaker Gbajabiamila took energetic half within the session, as a result of was not there as simply an observer. But as it’s the observe in Parliament, Gbajabiamila first listened to what the Defence Chief needed to say about what his workplace has been doing with reference to safety points.

When it was time for the Speaker to talk, his brilliance as a lawmaker resonated within the room. All mentioned, the most important cause for attending the Defence Committee’s price range session was the significance the House attaches to the difficulty of safety. Not lengthy earlier than that day, the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker Rt. Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase and different leaders of the House met with the service chiefs over safety issues.

Gbajabiamila, who spent about 20 minutes on the session, mentioned: “My presence here’s a bit psychological. Nothing extra, nothing much less. For me, it’s a psychological psychological impact, within the sense that the Speaker and the Leader of the House are right here. It tells you precisely how necessary we really feel safety issues are on this House. We have little question that it’s within the entrance burner, it’s a precedence for us?

“For the first time in the history of the House of Representatives, we have the issue of the Armed Forces on the legislative agenda. Hardly do you have the Speaker or the leadership being part of budget hearing (defence). It’s important enough for us.”

Being a agency believer within the capability of indigenous corporations, and as a promoter of native content material, Gbajabiamila enjoined the Defence Chief to make sure that Nigerian producers are additionally given the chance to supply some defence gear.

“It’s very key and necessary that, both by the use of laws or budgeting, we encourage our indigenous producers. The problem of native content material that all of us hear about, many individuals suppose it’s restricted to the petroleum trade, but when we don’t have a rustic, we are able to’t even have petroleum trade.

“The issue of local content must spread into security matters, and we have men and women who are capable of delivering the goods. We have DICON, Innoson and so many of them. I think there’s also Proforce. We just need to encourage and fund them. I’m glad that we’re on the same page when it comes to that.”

Gbajabiamila additionally had some phrases of recommendation on how the Defence Headquarters might enhance on analysis and use similar to raised the safety scenario within the nation.

“In any sector, analysis may be very key. I believe folks undermine the significance of analysis. It’s the best way to develop, whether or not it’s well being sector, safety, or no matter it’s. You simply must analysis and have data of what you’re doing. That’s why I believe that sector additionally must be funded very nicely. The 21st Century is all about cyber and intelligence warfare. If we don’t develop these areas, we’re simply scratching the issues on the floor.

“I’m hoping that on the finish of this train, we’ll have a strong price range for our safety. It won’t ever be sufficient, wherever on the planet for that matter, however I believe we should always do higher than what we’ve been doing in the previous couple of years. We agreed to extend the benchmark partly due to the significance of funding the navy. We must be protected first earlier than we are able to make progress.

“I’m glad that the atmosphere is serene; things are going well. Your chairman is very astute in his ways. I’m sure you will find him a worthy ally, because we all need to be allies in this business (of making Nigeria better). The Deputy Chairman too, Hon Makki, is someone worthy of being there, and of course the other members of the committee who were carefully chosen.”

The Speaker wouldn’t go away the Defence Committee’s session with out expressing gratitude to the women and men in uniform who, on day by day foundation, have been sacrificing their lives for the residents.

The Speaker moved to the price range defence of the Committee on Water Resources at Conference Room 236, the place he mentioned: “We determined to breeze in to verify issues are going nicely, to make it possible for the committee is on prime of its sport. Of course, I do know the committee is on prime of its sport, as a result of the members, notably the management, had been fastidiously chosen. I’m glad that issues are going in line with plan.

“I miss budget defence as a member, so I decided to come here. I’m first a legislator before being the Speaker. It’s part of my DNA to be at budget defence. This is one time in a year when, as a legislator, you sit and watch how people on the other side are sweating profusely as they’re being asked questions.”

At the Sports Committee, with Minister of Sports Sunday Dare current, the Speaker once more reiterated his cause for attending the session, saying “For us within the House, it’s not the observe that the Speaker and the management will go spherical throughout price range defence. But we determined to do it as a result of it is a reform House for a number of causes. I’m a radical legislator, as a result of that is what I’ve been doing all my life. I miss hanging round throughout price range defence.

“Two, we chose the sports committee, because many don’t understand the importance of the sports industry. Whether you’re under-developed, developing or developed, sports is very key and critical to the development of any country. In fact, for some people, that’s what they use to generate revenue.”

As far because the ninth House is worried, Speaker Gbajabiamila is able to, and can, going ahead, positively set different information aside from this and others he has already set.

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