Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has yesterday assured that the House would ensure the provision of adequate funding for a befitting legislative library.
Gbajabiamila, who spoke when members of the House Committee on Legislative Library, Research and Documentation, led by the chairman, Rep Gaza Jonathan Gbefwi, presented to him a brief about what the Committee intends to achieve, said the leadership of the House would give them the maximum support they need.
“I’m impressed with this visit, especially with the press in full attendance. Your job is to put together a structure that will ensure that the Nigerian parliament is among the best in the world. The only way you can do that is to ensure that the tools of the trade for the legislative business are there. One of the tools is books. Research and books are the things we use for our work. I’m very passionate about this committee and I know it has a lot of potentials.
“It’s embarrassing to say that we have the biggest parliament in Africa, yet we don’t have a library. The biggest library in the world belongs to the US Parliament. That’s why you see parliamentarians there do their work well. This is because they get all the things they need for their job at their fingertips.
“So, this committee is very important. I must commend the chairman and members of this committee for the good job you’ve been doing,” Gbajabiamila said.
The Speaker, who said he was passionate about the legislative library, which will aid research, noted that the House is working to ensure the provision of funds for the library in the 2020 budget.
“Of course, the issue of funding is important to ensure that you hit the ground running. We’re doing our best to get funding in the 2020 budget for you to work. We’ll also talk to donor agencies ourselves. So, we’re going to make sure that you get all that you need for your work,” he said.