Betara and his eyes on house speakership
SIR: Muktar Aliyu Betara, who has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2007 has thrown his hat into the ring, having unmistakably indicated his interest to vie for the coveted, albeit challenging, office of Speaker of the House. To drive this effort, Betara has advanced an agenda akin to a social contract that captures and encapsulates his programme of action should he clinch the high office.
According to Betara, this said vision of his is reducible as follows: Promotion of Legislative Efficiency: The values and ideals of transparency and accountability in the legislative process is a non-negotiable desideratum; and to that extent he hopes to ensure timely and effective communication between lawmakers, the various Committees of the House, and the public; streamline legislative procedures to facilitate the prompt passage of bills and resolutions after thorough scrutiny and public consultation.
Betara advocates legislative Reforms and Oversight reforms that will address critical issues such as electoral reforms, the fight against corruption, and the protection of fundamental human rights and civil liberties. He hopes to strengthen the House’s oversight functions to ensure effective monitoring of government activities and check Executive excesses, thereby ensuring that public resources are utilized judiciously and in the best interest of Nigerian citizens.
Hitherto, Nigeria used to be regarded as the big brother to other African countries. Betara however believes that it is high time Nigeria and Nigerians became the ultimate focus of policy initiatives in government. To that extent he is championing legislations that support economic growth of our nation in terms of job creation, and poverty alleviation and reduction through bespoke and targeted initiatives.
He is also campaigning for promotion of entrepreneurship especially among young school leavers, investment in infrastructure, and support for small and medium-scale enterprises through apposite legislative interventions.
Betara began his professional life as an Accountant working in that capacity in the Presidency, precisely in the now defunct Directorate for Food, Roads and Rural Infrastructure (DFFRI) programme from 1986 to 1990. His love for humanity and philanthropy endeared him to many observers, for which he had won numerous awards including ‘Democracy Hero’s Award for Best Performing Rep Member of the year, 2020’; and Award of Excellence by the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), North-East Zone, 2013.
• Atusiubah Chika, a political commentator, wrote from Abuja.
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