The 10th House of Representatives has recently revealed a well-rounded six-point legislative agenda to propel progress, prosperity, and inclusivity throughout the nation. Rep. Julius Ihonvbere, the House Leader and Chairman of the Ad-hoc Committee on Legislative Agenda made this announcement in Abuja on Monday.
The agenda includes vital focus areas such as economic empowerment and diversification, infrastructure development, education, and human capital development. Additionally, the House aims to prioritize healthcare accessibility, ensure transparent governance and accountability, and enhance security and safety for individuals and their properties. These pillars will serve as the foundation for the operation of the 10th legislative assembly.
Rep. Ihonvbere emphasized the House’s commitment to driving economic empowerment and diversification, acknowledging the risks associated with Nigeria’s heavy reliance on oil exports, which exposes the economy to fluctuations in global oil prices. To address this, the House intends to encourage investments in non-oil sectors such as agriculture, technology, and renewable energy.
In the agricultural sector, the House plans to enact legislation to modernize farming practices, improve farmers’ access to credit, and support agricultural research and development. Furthermore, they will explore opportunities in agro-processing to add value to farm produce and generate more employment opportunities.
In the technology and innovation space, the House aims to foster an environment conducive to startups, innovation hubs, and research and development. They aim to position Nigeria as a technology powerhouse, leveraging its young and dynamic population to drive innovation and digital transformation.
Renewable energy projects will also be a priority to reduce the country’s carbon footprint, enhance energy security, and create jobs in the renewable energy sector. By embracing renewable energy, Nigeria can safeguard the environment and unlock new investment prospects.
The overarching goals of this agenda are to promote job creation, increase foreign exchange earnings, develop new skills, diversify exports, and strengthen the nation’s technological foundations.
Various stakeholders, including the Nigerian Union of Teachers, the Nigeria Meteorological Society, and the Federal Ministry of Health, have contributed to shaping this comprehensive legislative agenda.