Thursday 14 November 2019


A three-day legislative retreat for the honourable members of the State of Osun  House of Assembly on "Enhancing Service Delivery Through Effective Legislative Engagement"  has come and gone.

It ran from Monday 11th to 13th November, 2019, at the Royal Park Hotel, Iloko-Ijesa, State of Osun.

The members and the Resource Persons checked into the hotel rooms on Monday the 11th and the registration and opening ceremony took place in the morning of Tuesday the 12th, thereafter the Moderator/Facilitator of the programme, Mr. John Mutu presented the Objectives, expectation and Ground Rules of the of the retreat.

For the Opening Ceremony, the Governor of the State of Osun, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola was represented by the Secretary to the State Government,
Prince Olu. Oyebamiji.

Gov. Gboyega Oyetola Declaring the Inaugural Retreat of the 7th Assembly opened said;
"On behalf of the Government and people of State of Osun, I thank the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Timothy Owoeye  other Principal Officers of the House and the Distinguished Members of this Assembly for their initiative, thoughtfulness and services to the State."

"I urge this respected Assembly to make people engagement the basis of Legislative activities. The people must be the sources and essence of legislative engagements. As representative of the people, you must be close to your constituents. Know their needs, do advocacy on their behalf and pass laws that support their needs and aspirations."

"Service delivery by the legislature can be achieved at three major levels: the people, the House and the State or nation. For a House to be adjudged successful in service delivery, it must find balance at these three levels . It must faithfully deliver service to the people that gave it power in trust, conduct it's duties in a manner that enhances and protects the sanctity and dignity of the House, and sustainably contribute to the development profile of the State and the nation."

In his opening speech, the Osun Speaker, Rt. Hon. Timothy Owoeye declared that; "It is imperative that the 7th Assembly is fit for the task ahead of us and lives up to its responsibilities - to deliver coherent, effective and efficient support as we pursue our vision for the development of the Osun economy into one of the most diversified and very inclusive economies in Nigeria.

"At no time in our history has the need for synergy of purpose and drive to embrace and give full effect to this obligation and it is in you (distinguished members and standing committees) that we will rely on to play our roles effectively.

"I must also note that  the overarching goal of the current Assembly is to place the Osun economy on the path to sustainable growth, poverty, elimination, economic opportunities, block loopholes and tackle Injustice around us".

There were four (4) presentations on the first working day of the retreat:

1st PRESENTATION; Mandate, Power and Functions of the Legislature presented by Amb. (Hon.) Jerry Ngokwe

2nd PRESENTATION; Understanding the Standing Orders and Rules of the State House of Assembly, presented by Mr. John Mutu

3rd PRESENTATION; AN Overview of the Law-Making  Process presented by Rt. Hon. Adewale Afolabi

4th PRESENTATION; E-parliament and Constituent Engagement, presented by Mr. Bukola Idowu, the Executive Director KDI

The 5th PRESENTATION; Budget and Budgeting Process; An overview of the role of legislators was the first to be presented on Wednesday 12th of November, 2019 by Hon. Kamil Oyedele

The 6th PRESENTATION; Fundamental of Effective Oversight in the House of Assembly by Mr. John Mutu

The 7th PRESENTATION; The Committee System and Template\Tools for Effective Engagement by Rt. Hon. Adejare Bello and Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam

The 8th PRESENTATION; The Role of Public Hearings, Public Petitions, Public PolicyDialogue and Constituency Engagements in Legislative Processes presented by Prof. Femi Omotoso

The 9th PRESENTATION; an Overview of the Financial Autonomy law and the implication for the House of Assembly presented by Amb. (Hon.) Jerry Ngogwe.


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