Petitions

A petition is a request made by at least three citizens seeking the assistance of the House of Assembly in addressing a perceived public grievance. Petitions must follow certain form and content requirements to be considered acceptable by the House of Assembly. Any petition that does not follow the established guidelines, as outlined below, may be rejected.

Addressee of Petitions:
The following guidelines apply with respect to the Addressee of the petition:
  • All petitions are to be addressed to the Rt.Hon Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly
  • Petitions cannot be addressed to Government or government departments directly. However, they can call on the House to request that Government address the matter (See guidelines below on "Prayer of Petition" for further information). If a petition is addressed to Government or a government department, it must be presented there and not to the House of Assembly.
  • All petitions must relate to matters within State jurisdiction.

Form of Petitions:
All petitions to the House of Assembly must be written in English, or be accompanied by a translation. They must also include the following:
  • A heading which identifies it as a petition and indicates that it is addressed to Oyo State House of Assembly.
  • A statement which identifies the reason(s) for the petition or the statement of grievance.
  • A statement which identifies the petitioners – those who have signed the document.
  • A request, called the "prayer", which outlines the action petitioners wish to see taken in response to the statement of grievance (see "Prayer of Petition" below for further guidelines).
  • The signatures and addresses of the petitioners. At least 3 signatures must be included on the page containing the prayer of the petition.

Prayer of Petition:
It is important to ensure that the prayer of a petition is worded properly so that it is considered acceptable. The prayer is the "remedy" to the alleged grievance that has been previously outlined in the petition. All petitions presented to the House of Assembly must contain a prayer that is clear, temperate and respectful.
The following guidelines should be followed when developing the prayer of the petition:
  • The prayer of a petition must request action that is within the powers of the House of Assembly.
  • The prayer must be addressed to the House of Assembly, and call upon the House to take specific action: "The undersigned, your Petitioners, humbly pray and call upon the House of Assembly to…"
  • The prayer cannot be addressed to Government directly, but can urge the House to request Government to address the matter to which the petition relates. For example: "We the undersigned, your Petitioners, humbly pray and call upon the House of Assembly to urge Government to…"
  • It is recommended that the prayer appear on each page when the petition consists of more than one sheet of signatures and addresses, so that petitioners are made fully aware of the nature of the document they are supporting.

Template for Petition:
The following template can be used by citizens as a guideline for developing petitions. Citizens may wish to contact the Office of the Clerk of the House of Assembly if they require further clarification with respect to petitions.

Presentation of Petitions:
  • All petitions must be vetted by a Table Officer prior to being presented in the House of Assembly. As outsiders are not permitted to address the House directly, petitions must be presented by a Member. A Member of the House of Assembly must also sign the first page of the petition in order to present it to the House of Assembly.
  • Please note that Members are not obliged to present petitions and cannot be forced to do so.