The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Tajudeen Abbas, has said the National Assembly faces a capacity development challenge because of the high number of newly elected lawmakers after the last election.
Abbas, who said this when the board and management of the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) visited him at his office in Abuja yesterday, called for experienced professionals to serve as aides to lawmakers.
The speaker said the visit by the NASC leadership would afford both bodies the opportunity for a frank exchange of ideas to strengthen the capacity of the National Assembly further to perform its role as a branch of the government.
He states, “The 10th House of Representatives and, indeed, the National Assembly is faced with the challenge of capacity development with the high turnover of members from the last election. This demands a bureaucracy that is well-equipped to demonstrate competence and reliability by providing guidance to the new members.
Abbas also said that one of his cardinal policies as Speaker of the 10th House was to ensure capacity development for members and staff of the National Assembly.