By: Tanimu Salihu
The House of Representatives is set to hold the second edition of its Sectoral Debates/Dialogue this Tuesday, 6th February 2024, as part of its periodic Policy Brief Series.
This edition of the Dialogue billed for the financial sector is scheduled to feature key stakeholders in the sector such as the Minister of Finance, Minister of Budget and Planning, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue.
A statement by the spokesman of the House of Representatives Mr Akintunde Rotimi explained that the Clerk of the House of Representatives, Dr. Yahaya Danzaria, notified Honourable Members of the Dialogue while encouraging them to prepare contributions that will enrich the quality of the debates.
According to the Statement, the Dialogue is part of the Legislative Agenda, that forms part of initiatives by the Speaker Dr. Abbas Tajudeen-led House to promote transparency and accountability in government operations.
The Spokesman notes that the Debates Series has ‘strengthening legislative oversight of key Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government’, as well as the ‘promotion of smooth legislative-executive relationships for good governance’ as its objectives.
Upon resumption of plenary for the year, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dr. Abbas Tajudeen had noted that the state of the economy is of grave concern to the House, while stressing that the country is grappling with numerous hurdles impeding our growth trajectory.
“I am pleased to announce that House Sectoral Briefs with MDAs will resume immediately. Accordingly, we shall engage with MDAs and principal actors in the finance sector on Tuesday, 6th February, 2024. This engagement will assess the nation’s readiness to mobilise the necessary financial resources for implementing the budget,” the Speaker remarked.
Dr. Tajudeen further underscored the need for the legislative arm to align efforts with the executive arm towards ensuring that its initiatives are effectively implemented and yield tangible results for every Nigerian. This is as he restated the intention of the People’ House to contribute to the promotion of sustainable economic growth.