Reps’ 137 Standing Committees Not Over Bloated, Says Abbas

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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, has justified the increase in the number of the standing committees from the 109 inherited from the 9th Assembly to 134 in the 10th session of the Green Chamber.

Abbas had in July unveiled 134 standing committees with names of their chairmen and deputies before the House proceeded on the ongoing annual recess.

At an interactive session with journalists in Abuja yesterday, the Speaker said the increase was to enhance the efficiency of the House and add value to the country.

He noted that the Committees on Monitoring and Evaluation and Implementation for instance were aimed at ensuring that every standing committee leaves up to its responsibility while the legislative agenda is implemented to the later.

According to Abbas, some committees hitherto had too much responsibility as they were too many agencies under their purview and cannot effectively carry out oversight functions, hence the need to split them for efficiency.

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Source: Leadership Newspaper