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Each one of the parliaments reported on their experiences with the executive initiating bills and made suggestions from their experiences towards ways of improving the relationship between the legislature and the executive, highlighting the responsibilities of parliaments as well as the executives.
It was found out that in all states an overwhelming majority of the bills were sponsored by the executive, which lead to further discussions about the reasons.
Considering that initiation of bills is not only done by the executives, the Transition Monitoring Group’s chairman, Comrade Zikirullahi Ibrahim, spoke on the roles of the civil society organizations in the initiation of bills. Prof. Tajudeen Akanji from the University of Ibadan contributed to the discussion with ideas on possible laws for reducing insecurity in Nigeria, by looking at other countries that are facing the same challenges Nigeria is facing today. Dr. Otive Igbuzor looked at the parliamentary oversight of the executive and pointed out the positive and negative roles of the Governors. He raised the fact that the governors are very powerful in their states, and can determine the affairs of the states. Despite of the very influential and powerful tool of Governors the legislature should stand up to their task, by doing the right thing at the right time and should always follow the constitution in their dealings with the executives.
As a result of the program the participants issued a communiqué with 17 recommendations which will be followed up and worked upon in each state. The communiqué is attached for further information