Reps committed to improving rural infrastructure – Panel 

The House of Representatives has reiterated its commitment towards improving infrastructure at the rural areas across the country.

Chairman, House Committee on Rural Development, Hon. Marcus Onobun, gave the assurance in Abuja at the committee’s inaugural meeting.

“I am most honoured to be chosen as the Chairman of this committee as we are at a pivotal point in Nigeria where we can’t afford to get it wrong. This is one committee that directly affects the 360 members of the house as we all represent rural communities.

“In fact, it is important to note that it is the constituents of these rural areas that chose us to represent them in order for them to enjoy the dividends of democracy. 

“If you look closely at the composition of all the committees, you’ll discover that this Committee is one of the few that has exceeded the membership number of 40 prescribed by the House. This goes to show the importance of the committee. 

“In discharging their functions, previous chairmen of this Committee were severely hampered and restricted to certain MDAs but I will be doing things a little differently in order for us to collectively achieve our objectives and also make meaningful impact in the lives of millions of Nigerians who reside in the rural areas. 

“Before I| proceed, I’ll like us to familiarize ourselves with the scope of this committee and areas of its oversight functions by looking at the standing orders of the House of Representatives Order 20 95(d) which clearly defines our scope and purview thus setting the tone for defining our aims and objectives. 

“I am willing to draw from your wealth of legislative, business and individual expertise in discharging my duties so we can collectively deliver on the arduous task that has been laid on our shoulders.

“I am open to opinions and also novel ideas on how to navigate the diverse landscape of our different communities, peculiar developmental demands of our constituents, resistant nature of the civil service, opportunity cost of resource allocation and ensuring effective legislative oversight that bothers on transparency and accountability towards the Nigerian people who are the main beneficiaries of everything we’ll be doing in this committee”, he said during inaugural meeting of the committee.