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2020 Budget: We’ll build world-class legislative library – Gbajabiamila


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has reiterated his resolve to ensure the provision of adequate funding in the 2020 budget for the construction of a World-class legislative library in the National Assembly.

Mr Gbajabiamila gave the assurance in Abuja when the members of the House Committee on Legislative Library, Research and Documentation, led by its chairman, Rep. Gaza Gbefwi, briefed the speaker on its activities.

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According to Mr Gbajabiamila, the House would give them the maximum support they needed for the project.

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The Speaker also noted that the House was working to ensure the provision of funds for the library in the 2020 budget.

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He said: “I am impressed with this visit, especially with the press in full attendance. Your job is to put together a structure that will ensure that the Nigerian parliament is among the best in the world.

“The only way you can do that is to ensure that the tools of the trade for the legislative business are there. One of the tools is books.

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“Research and books are the things we use for our work. I’m very passionate about this Committee and I know it has a lot of potentials

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“It’s embarrassing to say that we have the biggest parliament in Africa, yet we don’t have a library. The biggest library in the world belongs to the US Parliament.

“That’s why you see parliamentarians there do their work well. This is because they get all the things they need for their job at their fingertips,” Mr Gbajabiamila.

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