By OKUNADE ADEKUNLE
In a bid to enhancing the productivity of its manpower, the Lagos State House of Assembly management has trained over 100 Legislative and Publication Directorates staff in modern legislative process and practice.
The 5days workshop which was organised in conjunction with LEGIS 37 in Abuja, was tagged ” “Capacity Building in the Legislature: A panacea for Sustaining Effective Performance”.
According to the Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni, the leadership of the House promised its staff of continuous investment in training and capacity building for effective and efficient productivity.
Sanni stated that the theme of the workshop was carefully chosen for the realisation of the current legislative procedures in 21st century.
According to him, it is a well known fact that for any government to be successful, it must constantly invest in the training of its staff.
He said ” A vibrant, efficient and well informed work force is an invaluable and indispensable asset to any government.”
Sanni added ” The success story of the House of Assembly, its remarkable achievements over the years, progress and rising profile as a highly successful legislature in the country are based on the fact that the leadership of the House places so much premium on staff development both locally and internationally”.
He, however, commended the personal commitment and dedication of staff to their primary responsibilities and ensuring that the policy thrusts of the House are successfully implemented.
The Clerk also commended the team of experts, experienced and seasoned lecturers in the field of legislative training for being professional, adding that their performance and dedication to the vision and mission of the legislature and indeed their partnership in ensuring that the best themes and topics were carefully selected.
He equally appreciated the leadership of the House, particularly the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa for approving funds for the training and retraining of staff at the Legis 37 workshop.
Some of the topics discussed at the workshop include; The Bill Process, Public Hearing: The Procedure and Challenges, Impeachment Process: Implementation and Abuse , An Overview of the Influence of the Committee System in the Legislature, Factors Militating Against Effective Oversight in the Nigerian Legislature, among others.