The Speaker says the war against insurgents contributed to some of the problems facing the country.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila says the spate of insecurity in Nigeria has made the country unattractive to investors.
Gbajabiamila while speaking at the public presentation of the updated legislative agenda of the house of representatives on Saturday, July 25, 2020, said the war against insurgents contributed to some of the problems facing the country.
The Speaker said, “Before now, the extent of our difficulties was well known to us. We have population growth that far outpaces the rate of economic growth. Insecurity has made vast swathes of our country uninhabitable for citizens and unattractive to investment.
“We are at war, fighting insurgents in the North-east who want to remake our world in the image of a medieval theocracy. Our education system is producing graduates who cannot compete in the 21st-century knowledge economy.”
Gbajabiamila further said the updated legislative agenda tagged ‘our contract with Nigerians’ represents the lawmakers’ intention to be held accountable based on what they have set out to achieve.
He said, “This updated legislative agenda and the implementation plan which we have tagged ‘our contract with Nigerians’ sets out the new priorities of this 9th house of representatives and commits us to a plan of action over the next year, and for the rest of our tenure.
“We have called this document a contract because that is what it is; a written account of what we owe the people and how we intend to meet our obligations within the shortest possible time.
“These documents represent our intention to be held accountable based on what we have freely committed to achieving, and which I am confident we will realize to the glory of God and the edification of our people.
“Our gathering here today is first to present this document to the public. More importantly, this gathering is intended as a convenient space for us to have frank conversations about how we will go about achieving the objectives we have set out in ‘Our Contract with Nigerians’. This is an opportunity to empower ourselves with the confidence to dare and the skills to deliver.
“I encourage all of us to use the time here today to learn from the speakers and each other, exchange ideas and develop individual roadmap that would guide our interactions as we work together to deliver a House of Representatives that meets the highest expectations of its citizens.”