Hon. Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the House of Representatives, has urged constituents to re-elect their representatives in the lower federal parliament, if they desire quality representation.
Dogara said quality representation requires experience, which a lawmaker garners based on longevity in the parliament.
“I have said elsewhere that a member is like wine, it is said of wine that it tastes better with age. If he was able to do some things during his first tenure, his second tenure is better than the first and likewise, if he is given support, his subsequent sojourn into the parliament will produce better results,” said the speaker at the funeral thanksgiving ceremony held by a House of Reps’ member, Hon. Segun Odebunmi, in honour of his late father in Oyo state.
Dogara also urged Odebunmi’s constituents to “continue to support him”.
Citing himself as an example, the Speaker said: “I guess the people of my constituency have been smart to understand this and therefore, they took me to the House for the third time, it was only on the third time that I became speaker. So, if you want to produce leaders in the National Assembly, it means that once you have a member that is doing his best, you have to support him.”
Also present at the event were the deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yussuf Sulaimon Lasun, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, House Leader Hon Femi Gbajabialima and other members of the House.