LAGOS—Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Emeka Ihedioha, has assured the University of Lagos, UNILAG, community that the house will take their views into consideration before taking any decision concerning the renaming of the institution.
Ihedioha said this, yesterday, at the annual public lecture at Unilag themed: “Roles, misconceptions and experience in the consolidation of democracy in Nigeria.”
According to him: “The President has sent a bill on the subject which is currently pending before the House of Representatives for legislative action. As a representative institution, the House of Representatives will take into consideration the views of the students, university alumni, other relevant stakeholders and indeed, the majority of Nigerians before arriving at any decision.”
Ihedioha seemed to have answered the unspoken question of members University community including the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rahamon Bello, who said in his opening remarks: “I am quite sure that as an alumni, you would always prefer the name Unilag, and I thank the President through you because I am sure that due process will take its course.”
The Deputy speaker also asked members of the general public to empathize with the legislature while calling them to do away with misconceptions as it is the only institution through which citizens participate with government. According to him, one of such misconceptions is the running cost of the House of Assembly. Ihediora said that the budget for the house is nothing compared to that of the other arms of government, and explained the justification for such.”
The Deputy said that despite the scandals surrounding the community, the oil subsidy report remains relevant and should be implemented by the executive. He also assured citizens of the continued effort of the house of representatives towards making the lives of citizens better whilst hinting that by April next year, the constitution will be amended once again.