Akinlabi Afolabi, Ibadan
The Speaker Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon Adebo Ogundoyin has charged different chairmen and members of the twenty-five standing committees of the house to be diligent in the discharge of their committee assignments and always report promptly back to the plenary.
The Speaker gave the charge while formally inaugurating the committees at a program which also featured paper presentations on the constitutional functions of the house committees.
Hon Ogundoyin said since the activities and functions of the standing committees are pivotal to the success of the house of assembly, there is the vital need for the committees to put in their best at all times.
While assuring that the house of assembly will give necessary support to the committees to work and function effectively so as to record timely and outstanding success in their assigned duties, the Speaker urged members of the committees to work as a team, do things differently and conscientiously in order to surpass past records of house committees.
“The services of standing committees in the conduct of the activities of the house are necessary and inevitable hence our members have been put in different committees in line with the constitution. I strongly believe that lawmakers will put their professional and political experiences to bear in the discharge of their various committee assignments.” The Speaker noted
In his presentation, a former member of the House of Representatives, Dr Wale Okediran stressed that committees help to organize the most important activities of the parliament which include considering, shaping, and passing laws to govern the state.
Dr Okediran explained that house committees may need to arrange field trips to inspect on going projects by ministries, agencies and parastatals under their jurisdiction or other activities necessary for the success of the committees’ assignments.
Also addressing the lawmakers,a former Clerk of the Oyo state house of Assembly, Deacon Gbola Akinyanju said parliaments across the world function on two major planes which are plenary and committees adding that over sixty percent of the activities of the house are done by committees as they are the engine rooms of the Parliament.
The house has twenty-five standing committees and many members are to work in more than one committee.