Mr. Sunny Anderson Osiebe, the publisher and Chief executive officer of HallowMace Communication limited
By Raphael Ekpang
Mr. Sunny Anderson Osiebe, the publisher and Chief executive officer of HallowMace Communication limited has hinted that the first independent legislative television in the country, HallowMace TV is expected to hit the Nigeria airwaves soon.
The station, when operational will be the first legislative private TV station in the country.
Mr. Osiebe made this known on Monday at the 2nd editions of the legislative conference 2019 held in Sheraton Hotel, Abuja.
According to him, the company is currently expanding from its monthly specialised legislative publication, ‘HallowMace Magazine’ and the weekly one-hour ‘HallowMace On Radio’ programme in order to be in tune with the changing world of multi-media.
He however pledged that HallowMace Communications shall continue to be the leading light in organising legislative discourses for national development.
“Since we instituted this legislative conference, it has grown to be the most authoritative gathering on legislative issues in the country. It is also the biggest gathering of parliamentarians in Nigeria aside the National Assembly itself,” he said.
The 2019 legislative conference was organised by HallowMace Communications Limited in collaboration with National Orientation Agency (NOA).
The CEO of HallowMace noted that the theme of this year conference, “Strengthening the Legislature for Effective Oversight Function,” was carefully selected because in each of their conferences, germane topics are selected to meet the contemporary needs of the parliamentarians as well as the nation at large.
“As we all know, legislative oversight is oversight by the Parliament over the executive branch of government, including the numerous ministries, departments and agencies of government (MDAs). Legislative oversight includes the review, monitoring, and supervision of federal agencies’ programmes, activities, and policy implementation by the National Assembly.
“It is therefore imperative to strengthen the processes and procedures that will further empower the legislature as an institution to carry out one of its core duties – oversight.
“This is not just for lawmakers to wield more powers but to engender good governance since the primary functions of legislative oversight are to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse, and to protect civil liberties and individual rights by ensuring that the executive branch complies with the laws and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria” Osiebe said.
However, the keynote speaker, Professor Mohammed (Ladan, Director General, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal studies.) identified oversight function of the legislative arm of government as the most important of its mandates.
According to him, law making is one thing and another thing is implementation, therefore, it takes oversight function of the legislatures to know if the laws are implemented or not, and also to know if the money appropriated in the yearly budget are judiciously utilized according to the purpose they were appropriated.
Hon. Ossai Nicholas Ossai
.Meanwhile, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege and Speak of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila were all represented at the conference, which saw large attendance by participants.
Others who presented papers included, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah, Hon Uzoma Nkem-Abonta, Ossai Nicholas Ossai among others.