To build a virile, proactive and purposeful Legislature that will be a model within and beyond the shores of Nigeria
To strive at all times by way of motions, resolutions, legislations and true representation to enhance the quality of life of the people in all the Constituencies of Ogun State and to cooperate with every arm and level of governance to engender sustainable development of our land called and known as Ogun State, as well as ensuring that public funds are fairly appropriated and expended judiciously.
THE OGUN STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY COMPLEX
The foundation stone of the Ogun State House of Assembly Complex was laid in 1979 by Brigadier H.O.D. EGHAGHA. The Complex which comprises of the Assembly Chambers and Office Blocks was designed by Architects in the State Ministry of Works an Housing (Chief Architect J. Olatunde Beckley and Architect F. J. Batistauta). The Chamber is of a unique design and at inception was designed to seat 36 members. The sitting arrangement was based on the conference approach, a mass depature from the confrontational seating arrangement characteristic of teh Westminster model.
POLITICAL OFFICE HOLDERS
Regarding the membersihip of the Legislatures, the 1st and 2nd Legislatures comprised 36 Honourable Members representing each State Constituency then and the 3rd Legislature had 30 Honourable Members. As a result of further delineation of Constituencies, the 4th to the present 8th Legislature are made up of 26 Honourable Members each.
ROLES (FUNCTIONS) AND ACTIVITIES OF THE LEGISLATURE
Legislative Role: The primary function of the Legislature is Law making. The process could commence from the Executive desiring Legislative support for a policy, programme or project. A bill emanating from any agency in the Executive arm is called "Executive or Government Bill". It could also emanate from individuals who want government t oadopt a particular course, though this is sparsely done in this part of the world. This is called "Private Member Bill". A bill enjoys three readings and when it has passed the third reading, it is forwarded to the Governor for his assent.
Deliberative Role At the Ogun State House of Assembly, the deliberative role is being played extensively as various Resolutions covering virtually all areas of life of the people of the State and beyond are passed by this Assembly have been implemented the state government.
Financial Role: Out of the three arms of government, it is legislature that appropriates funds to the other two arms and even to itself. According to Section 120 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Appropriation Bill in respect of every incoming year is expected to be prepared and laid before the House before the end of the current year. It is also passed into Appropriation Law every year.
Oversight/Investigative Role: The legislature is empowered to direct or cause to be directed an inquiry or investigation into any mater or thing with respect to which it has powers to make laws. This is contained in Section 129 of the Constitution. As a way of complementing the State Government's effort, the Ogun State House of Assembly embarked on the investigation of the immediate past government's activities in the area of land allocation and acquisition with the view of putting things right in this area of the State's economy.
Power of Screening and Approval of Appointments: Constitutionally, appointments to the office of Commissioners of the State Government are made by the Governor after the nomination has been confirmed by the Legislature. Furthermore, in respect of performance of the role of screening appointees for approval of appointments, the legislature approves te appointment of members and Chairmen of Statutory Boards, Parastatals and Commissions. As a way of facilitating the workings of the State Government, the Ogun State House of Assembly has ensured that all political appointees presented to it were thoroughly screened based on the universally accepted template for carrying out such exercise.
Roles: In line with its constitutional powers, the Ogun State House of Assembly mediates in crisis that may cause disharmony among citizens of the State or that has the potentials of breaching the peace of the State, thus helping to relieve our Courts the number of cases referred to them.
Welfare Role: The Legislature performs functions that can be described as social/welfare role. With regard to this, Legislators see to the execution of what is regarded as Constituency Projects. Even though this role has been criticized at different fora in the past because some people believe such role should be left for the Executive arm to play. However, such projects have potential of uplifting the status of the constituents.