The Director General of the National Orientation Agency Mr. Mike Omeri has emphasised the importance of the National Assembly in the survival and growth of democracy in Nigeria, saying public education on the role of the legislature in the system is required.
The DG spoke today while receiving in audience the management of the Nigerian Institute of legislative Studies, NILS led by its DG Dr. Ladi Hamalai who paid a visit to the NOA in Abuja. The team was in NOA to discuss proposals for collaboration between the two agencies especially in the area of sensitization on the management of primary election for legislative nomination.
According to him: “The National Assembly is the headquarters of politics. If it is strong, democracy will survive. The high turn over of legislators is a thing of concern to all of us because we know that with experience many of them will perform better”
He pointed out that some legislators who do not understand their statutory roles end up building infrastructures in their constituencies in order to attract votes during the next election. He further urged the National Assembly to remain committed in order to achieve national consensus which will lead to national cohesion.
The NOA DG thanked the team for the visit and expressed the willingness of the Agency to partner with them by looking into their proposals, harmonizing and collaborating to achieve the goals.
Earlier, the Director General of the Nigerian Institute for Legislative Studies Dr ladi Hamalai noted with dismay the misconception of the role of the National Assembly which she said has penetrated internationally and does the nation no good.
Dr Hamalai stated that the problem of the country is not lack of ideas but poor attitude which she noted that Agency is doing so much by its “Do The Right Thing” campaign in all nook and cranny of the country. She disclosed that the organisation will be partnering with NOA which will go a long way in strengthening democracy and also address inter-party democratic process.