According to several members of the 9th National Assembly’s House of Representatives, they did a credible job of ensuring that Nigerians received the benefits of democracy.
A portion of those questioned outside of the 9th Assembly’s farewell meeting in Abuja claimed that the meeting had set a high bar for the 10th Assembly to meet.
The majority leader, Rep. Ado Doguwa, declared that the legislature had done well by passing important laws that impacted the lives of common Nigerians.
“This great 9th assembly made history by passing the Petroleum Industry Bill, which the previous assembly was unable to do so because of time constraints and other factors. As a result, the oil industry is now moving forward on a new trajectory.
“The Electoral Act has undergone a lot of legislative processes and amendments to ensure that our electoral process is at power with and complete shoulder to shoulder with developed democracies,” the official said.
Rep. Nicholas Ossai (PDP-Delta) praised its importance and effectiveness.
The 10th assembly was urged by Ossai, who represented the Ndokwa East/Ndokwa West/Ukwuani Federal Constituency, to build on the successes.
“The ninth assembly was one of the finest in terms of performance, according to the legislative agenda that was put up to gauge performance.
“Some of us participated, and I’m happy to congratulate my coworkers.
“During the COVID-19 epidemic, the assembly met to discuss the country’s fundamental economic difficulties as well as the pandemic’s challenges; this demonstrates seriousness, commitment, and patriotism, and that is what we are seeing today.
The previous president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, assented to many of the laws that were enacted by this assembly, which, in his opinion, was highly productive, he added. “The 9th Assembly launched on constitutional amendment, and now I am glad to report that.
Ossai’s assertion was supported by Rep. Abbas Adigun (PDP-Oyo), who noted that the assembly was among the best.
“If we take a look back, there were things we intended to accomplish, but we have accomplished so much in terms of the electoral act, the education industry, the development of infrastructure, and the passage of other measures.
“There is one thing I believe we should have done; we brought up the topic, but it did not go very far; it is related to the age of those who can attend the National Assembly and the number of times a person can do so.
“I’d want to see the 10th Assembly work on the age restriction and set it at 60 years; if you’re older than 60, you shouldn’t be able to run for any office in the National Assembly to make place for the incoming younger generation.
Then, I think the maximum number of terms you can serve in the National Assembly, whether in the House or the Senate, shouldn’t be more than two terms, as it is in.
The National Assembly should only be able to serve for two terms, he continued, because there is so much poverty throughout the country and so many people entering politics.
According to Rep. Chukwu Umumoji (PDP-Anambra), the assembly performed above and beyond expectations.
I believe that the 9th Assembly should have taken additional measures to checkmate the administration; in particular, the ASUU strike was one of the things we would have stopped.
“I think whatever ASUU needs, since education is very important in building a nation, such demand should be met immediately by the government,” he said. “That protracted strike was a very significant diversion not for the children and the representatives, and I am not happy about that.