The Federal Government through National Orientation Agency, NOA has disclosed its plan to collaborate with the Oyo State House of Assembly on creating platform for the lawmakers to get assessment and give feedback of their activities at various constituencies.
The non-partisan platform according to the agency is to give Oyo State House of Assembly members holistic opportunity to interact with their constituents outside their political parties’ structure.
Speaking during the visit to the Oyo Speaker on Monday, the State Director of the agency, Mrs. Dolapo Dosunmu noted that the partnership will benefit both the government and the good people of Oyo State.
According to her, while the legislators will be enabled to highlight project and programmes they have executed towards improving the general welfare of the people, the constituents can also intimate them with social and economic challenges facing them and areas their representatives are expected to intervene.
She said, “This is not a new initiative, because we had records of successful editions with previous assembly and we believe we will even achieve more this time.
“The town hall meeting allows the participants to know what is happening in government, express their feelings towards specific government policies without limitations often caused by party differences.”
In his response, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin described the proposed partnership as a welcome development, adding that he and the Deputy Speaker of the house, Hon. Abiodun Fadeyi are ready to take the lead.
Ogundoyin noted that staying connected to the people is important, because it is the only way to achieve true and effective representation.
“During my campaign, we had lot of contacts with artisans’ groups across my local government and we they supported us to win election, they also deserve the feedback on our efforts here as their representatives.
“The 9th Assembly is made up of vibrant lawmakers and I can assure you that the whole 32 members will be part of this before the end of our tenure,” he added.