Julius Ihonvbere, the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, has stated that inadequate road infrastructure and security concerns have hindered his visits to his constituency.
Representing the Owan federal constituency in Edo State, Ihonvbere conveyed this message during a meeting with development partners, donor agencies, technical partners, and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) on Monday.
Acting on behalf of the House Speaker, Tajudeen Abbas, the All Progressives Congress (APC) member noted the varying ease with which lawmakers can reach their respective constituencies, with some facing obstacles in doing so.
“There are members that can take a flight from Abuja and land in their constituencies easily. They can go every weekend. But there are members who have to travel two to five miles.
“I have not been to my constituency for months. I can’t go. There are no roads and it is not safe. In fact, the bad spots are where kidnappers come and catch you when you stop.”
According to him, lawmakers should be appreciated for their work because it comes with “pressure” and “stress.”
“Second, they may be smiling, well dressed in white but many of them have gone through a kind of stress that most people have never gone through,” he added.
The lawmaker said more partnerships with CSOs and Non Governmental Organisations are required to strengthen the capacity of the national assembly.
“This includes enhancing our research capabilities, strengthening our committee system, improving legislative drafting skills, and fostering a culture of collaboration and inclusivity within the house.
“As legislators, we must have the necessary skills, knowledge, and resources to fulfil our responsibilities effectively,” he said.
According to him, the House legislative agenda identifies capacity development as a key avenue for equipping the legislature to deliver quality services in terms of representation, oversight and lawmaking.
“The house, as well as the entire nation, appreciates your ongoing support and will continue to seek your cooperation in our efforts to enhance the legislative institution,” he added.