OrderPaperToday – The unveiling of OrderPaper’s Legislative Intelligence Forecast Entry (LIFE) has gotten positive reviews from legislators.
The legislators who spoke at the virtual launching of the quarterly publication commended OrderPaper Nigeria for the initiative and recommended it highly for consumption of parliamentarians and other stakeholders in the democratic project.
The publication unveiled today is the first in the Quarterly LIFE Series and focuses on the second quarter of 2020. OrderPaper Nigeria started LIFE Service as a weekly advisory published on our website every start of the week.
Deputy chairman, House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee on COVID-19, Mr. Sam Onuigbo, who was the guest presenter, described the publication as a new chapter in the realm of interaction between lawmakers and citizens.
“The Paper will open a new door. What we are doing is a new chapter. It gives people an opportunity to participate and scrutinize the process of lawmaking. And on our part, it will be an opportunity to tell the people that you have sent us on an errand, and this is what we are doing.”
Also speaking at the launching, member of the 8th Senate, Senator Shehu Sani commended the management of OrderPaper Nigeria for the foresight in birthing the publication.
He also urged the National Assembly to support the publication to ensure all lawmakers get a copy each at least.
“I must commend you for your foresight and wisdom to write this book. Any write up that will enrich the process of awareness of our society particularly during this pandemic is a good step.
“The publication tries to establish the changes in our society and particularly in the National Assembly. It is a fact that the world has changed, and it might change forever. I am interested in the analysis of how the pandemic has affected the participation of the masses. The side effect is that the National Assembly complex is being cordoned off. We must know that teleconferencing is still underdeveloped in our space.
“I hope that those for whom is made for read it; so that they ensure that people are allowed to participate in lawmaking. If you are bringing laws without the participation of the people, they will disown it. I hope the National Assembly will help to produce more of it for members and retired people without a pension, like me.”
Also, the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Senate President, Dr. Otive Igbuzor, did a befitting review of the publication. He therefore recommended the publication to everyone interested in the workings of the National Assembly.
“Let me join and congratulate the management and staff of OrderPaper for launching LIFE. Legislature is important in modern democracy. Legislature in Nigeria is probably the weakest. Partly because of the impact of military rule and the consistent interference by the executive.
“The publication is timely, and the pandemic met all government unprepared. The 9th Assembly has developed legislative agenda with policies (and) citizens participation. Over the years, the NASS has engendered inclusion and citizens participation through constituency outreach, public hearings and open NASS.
“The book is important for not just the parliament but also anyone interested in the progress of Nigeria’s legislation and deepening democracy.”
The virtual luncheon held on Zoom with live broadcast on Facebook.
A copy of the publication is available for download here free of charge