Technocrat Media, Osogbo
Timothy Owoeye, speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly says adopting an e-parliament by the assembly would close the gap between legislators and their constituents in Osun state.
He made this known on Tuesday in Osogbo, the state capital at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Osun State House of Assembly and the Kimpact Development Initiative (KDI).
The speaker said e-parliament was very necessary for modern-day legislation, saying it is now considered to be the engine room for other components of the legislative agenda.
Mr Owoeye noted that the initiative will also enhance parliamentary transparency, accessibility, and accountability in the state.
“In order to carry out the functions of legislation, representation and oversight more effectively, legislators would be in constant communication, consultation, interaction, and dialogue with their constituents.
“In addition, it will also enhance democratic practices and inclusive governance and thus bridge the massive gap and mitigate the weak relationship between the legislators and their constituents.
“In a nutshell, the development of e-parliament will, among other things, facilitate ease of doing parliamentary business, strengthen the relationship between the legislature and the public, and above all bridge the gap between legislators and their constituents,” he said.
Bukola Idowu, KDI Team Lead, had earlier revealed that technology makes the democratic process more effective, transparent, accessible, and accountable, adding that e-parliament would be instrumental in strengthening citizens’ engagement.
He also commended the assembly for the passage of the Osun State Youth Development Commission (OYDC) bill into law.