Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has commended the Edo State House of Assembly (EDHA) led by its Speaker, Rt. Hon. Kabiru Adjoto for the foresight in adopting technological solutions at the Anthony Enahoro Assembly Complex, to improve legislative proceedings.
Obaseki gave the commendation while inspecting the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) facilities at the Assembly complex in Benin City, the Edo State capital.
The governor, who was accompanied by some members of the State Executive Council, said “This administration will continue to provide support to drive the adoption of technological innovation to enhance governance, which include legislative proceedings at the State Assembly Complex.”
According to him, “We are pleased with what we see, and the improvement made so far by the present leaders and members of the State Assembly. By adopting technology to digitise its legislative proceedings, the assembly has cast its name in gold, as this will stand as a legacy which will be remembered in future. This development will enhance quality legislation at the Assembly.”
In his remarks, Speaker, EDHA, Rt. Hon. Kabiru Adjoto, said, “The decision to adopt new communication technologies in the Assembly became necessary to promote quality legislation and ensure the legislative process becomes fully digitalised. This will assist us embrace the use of modern technologies in our proceedings, as it befits any legislative assembly in carrying out its duties in the 21st century.”
Adjoto noted, “Our intention to adopt new technologies is to achieve full digitalisation of the Assembly Complex as the use of modern technologies are also extended to the hallowed chamber of the Assembly Complex to allow for recording of the proceedings of the house. This will ensure effective legislation in the future.”
He added that this became necessary because it will encourage each member of EDHA to contribute to the legislative process, noting, “When members are aware that proceedings of the house are recorded, everyone will be encouraged to make contributions to the legislative process. We will also create a website to provide members of the house easy access to important documents which can be easily retrieved and worked on.”