What we’ll do for new lawmakers – Deputy Speaker

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The Deputy Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Chief Donatus Uzogbado, has advised new members of the state House of Assembly to learn the art of lawmaking, to improve democracy.

Uzogbado, representing Oji-River under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview in Enugu on Monday, that most lawmakers did not understand the work of the legislature in a democracy.

“As we are preparing for inauguration of the next parliament in Enugu, we are also thinking of organising a retreat for them, to know what they are going to do in this dispensation.

“The state government will arrange some experts in the field, to educate them on the actual work of a legislator,“ he said.

Uzogbado also advised the new members to be patient to learn from the old members “because we have handful of old members who get experience.”

“Three quarter of the job of the Assembly is in the over sight function because that is where things happen,” Uzogbado said.

“Legislators are the policemen of every democracy, policing not only the executive but also the Ministries, Departments and Agencies,’’ he added.

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