A Bill to establish the Lagos State Legislative and Research Institute (LSLRI) has scaled second reading on the floor of the State House of Assembly.
The Bill, if passed into law, would formalise the sharing of legislative and policy knowledge locally, nationally and internationally.
According to the Speaker of the House, Rt (Hon) Mudashiru Obasa, the bill is an incubator hatched for an efficient and effective legislative Institute in Lagos.
“This Bill is viable to us and also for other legislatures in service of the Parliament and other States can share in it as the Centre will be a learning space for councilors and Local Government Chairmen, promoting and deepening democracy in our State.
“The Institute will also engage international Legislative bodies like African Parliamentary Union where we can acquire more knowledge through the Centre,” Obasa said
A lawmaker, representing Eti-Osa Constituency 2, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu, said that the Institute would help in training of new Legislative members and provide refresher course for existing members; training of Legislative staff of the House; fiscal training in the areas of lawmaking.
He added that the laws of the House would also benefit in terms of research from the Institute when established, as laws made would be backed with scientific data.
The Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, maintained that the Bill has so many merits that would promote the performance of the State, saying that other State Houses of Assembly will also benefit from the Bill when passed.
While contributing, Hon. Femi Saheed (Kosofe 1) described the Bills passed by the House as a total reflection of the situation in the State and that the Institute Bill would be a focal of internal democracy with the tenets, teachings and practices of how Legislative and lawmaking should be.
Hon. Lukmon Olumoh (Ajeromi/Ifelodun 1) described the Bill as a residual for knowledge with a creation of a standard library that would save the government in operational cost.
The Speaker, however, mandated the Committee on Education and Tertiary Institution to expedite action on the Bill and report to the House in three weeks.