Praise the legislature for its collaboration with the executive
NASS didn’t bother to be referred to as “a rubber stamp”
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday appealed to Nigerians to be patient with any legislation or law about which they have some misgivings.
President Buhari also urged citizens, especially critics, to commit to the process of revising these laws in line with democratic practices, adding that his administration’s interest was to promote the collective will and aspiration to build a nation where justice, peace and progress are the norms. .
This is how the president of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, said that the National Assembly did not mind being called “a rubber stamp” as long as it works with the executive to improve the country.
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In his remarks at the Joint Executive-Legislative Leadership Retreat at the House of Representatives Conference Center, Abuja, the President said: “Let me also remind our fellow patriots, compatriots and women, that the law-making process and governance is dynamic and constantly evolving. I will seek your leniency to be patient with any legislation or law about which you have certain doubts and to commit myself to the process of reviewing such laws in accordance with democratic practices.
“Our interest is the sincere promotion of our collective will and aspiration to build a nation where justice, peace and progress are the norm.”
President Buhari, thanking the members of the 9th National Assembly for their understanding, support and rapid response to the government’s political directions, called for greater synergy to consolidate the achievements recorded, in particular the ongoing effort to remove 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in ten years. .
He said that the collaboration enjoyed by the National Assembly leadership had made it easier for the government to set and realize development goals, and respond to changes in the economy faster, such as the Coronavirus pandemic, which required a 2020 budget review.
He noted that some of the recorded gains from working together also include: the accelerated approval of the 2020 Budget and its review in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the timely confirmation of nominees, and the passage of critical legislation by the National Assembly.
He said: “This retreat provides us with another opportunity to interact, reflect, exchange ideas and participate as one government. I use the word A government because there can only be one government in a nation at a time and elected and appointed officials in the Executive or Legislative arm must all work for the peace, unity and development of our country.
“This retreat called:“ Promoting an effective executive-legislative partnership: finding a middle ground ”is appropriate since it reflects the peculiarity of a presidential system of government like ours.
“The experience of the last 20 years of consistent democratic practice in Nigeria has underscored the need for effective partnership and collaboration between the executive and legislative arms of government to fulfill our mandate.”
President Buhari told lawmakers that the Federal Executive Council had already streamlined its priorities in nine development areas, and ministers were mandated to align their goals with the broader picture of improving the lives of all Nigerians, urging the legislature to align its priorities as well.
“Although all the members of the Federal Executive Council have been given clear mandates and annual goals to achieve the indicators and goals established, I recognize the fundamental role of the National Assembly in helping to fulfill this Agenda and the strategic goals established by this Government. .
“We cannot do this alone without your support and collaboration. I am equally aware that both the Senate and the House of Representatives have adopted the new Legislative Agenda for the current Assembly. I must thank the President of the Senate and the Rt. Honorable Speaker for the updated version of the Legislative Agenda of the IX National Assembly.
“The urgent need to align the Agenda of 9 priority points and the Legislative Agenda of both the Senate and the House of Representatives cannot be overemphasized. Therefore, I will suggest that a Technical Committee be established after this retreat to harmonize these critical and strategic documents to help improve synergy and coordination. “
President Buhari said that he had already inaugurated a National Steering Committee co-chaired by the Honorable Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning and Mr. Peterside Atedo with representation from the National Assembly to oversee the development of the Nigeria 2050 Agenda and the National Agenda Medium Term. Development Plan (MTNDP) to succeed in vision 20: 2020 and the Economic Growth and Recovery Plan (ERGP) 2017-2020.
The president said that the National Steering Committee will facilitate the link between policy plans and the budget in a way that will help lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years.
“Similarly, I presented a (9) Nine Point Priority Development Agenda from this administration aimed at improving the livelihoods of Nigerians in the next three years. These include: building a prosperous and sustainable economy; improve social inclusion and reduce poverty; increase agricultural production for food security and export and achieve energy sufficiency in energy and petroleum products.
“Expand transportation and other infrastructure developments; expand business growth, entrepreneurship and industrialization; expand access to quality education, affordable healthcare and productivity for Nigerians; build a system to fight corruption on an ongoing basis, improve governance and create social cohesion and improve security for all. “
It recommended the establishment of a Technical Working Group to synthesize the result of the withdrawal and make appropriate recommendations to the leadership of the Federal Executive Council and the National Assembly to promote the effective implementation of the resolutions or agreements reached.
In his comment, Senate President Dr. Ahmad Lawan said the National Assembly does not mind being called “a rubber stamp” as long as it works with the executive to improve the country.
He said: “This National Assembly decided very early to work with the executive in a very harmonious way for the benefit of Nigerians. I am glad that, Mr. President, you have expressed a similar commitment.
In fact, many misunderstand this relationship. Some out of mischief describe the National Assembly as a rubber stamp, others out of misunderstanding. For us, the most important thing on our minds at the 9th Assembly is how we work with the executive to improve Nigeria.
“If the price to pay is the names we get, leave it at that. Because we believe that Nigerians deserve better service, better infrastructure, and it is difficult, if not impossible, to achieve significant development in this country or in any democracy without understanding and harmony in the way the two arms of government function.
“So far we have been doing this for more than 12 months. So, it’s time to review this partnership and look at the weaknesses in the relationship and the areas where we’ve accomplished so much and say that this relationship has worked and we’ve achieved some level of improved service delivery.
“This particular retreat will present opportunities to review and strengthen areas that we have accomplished so much and address areas where there have been weaknesses.”
Also speaking, the president of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, pointed out that both arms must work symbiotically to deliver the divine of democracy to the people.
According to him, “that the executive is a part of this is a testament to his commitment to nation-building. This two-day commitment will only strengthen the relationship between these two critical arms of government, but enhance it so that people are better at it.
“I think it will be frank, truthful, we will tell each other the truth and I believe that the result will benefit all Nigerians.”
The chief special assistant to the president for National Assembly affairs, Umar El-Yakub, in his comment, explained that the retreat was designed to strengthen the executive and legislative partnership.
He added: “One of the ways to achieve this is to equip the critical actors in both arms with the information and tools necessary to develop a solid and cordial relationship, which sustains and underlines the commitment to the national interest.
“The importance of working together cooperatively and harmoniously cannot be stressed enough. Since the beginning of the administration, the President and the leadership of the National Assembly have taken proactive steps to foster and deepen cooperation in both arms of government.
“Although much has been achieved with tangible results, it is necessary to consolidate the achievements obtained so far. Therefore, this retreat is aimed at improving the synergy between the executive and legislative arms of government, deepening understanding, generating consensus on the priority development agenda of both arms, and improving communication and information exchange.
“We hope that improved labor relations will lead to greater service delivery, accountability, transparency, efficiency and effectiveness in the management of public resources, in line with Mr. President’s development priorities.”