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We’ll Work Closely With Buhari Without Compromising Independence of Legislature –Senator Lawan

By Haruna Salami

The President of the Senate,  Senator Ahmed Lawan has said the 9th Senate will work closely with the executive arm of the government without compromising the integrity and independence of the legislature in the interest of Nigerian people.

Lawan disclosed  this as the upper chamber of the National Assembly resumed plenary Tuesday.

In  his welcome address, Lawan  pledged to lead in a bipartisan and unifying manner, adding that  “I am well aware that the problems of our country are quite enormous but they are not insurmountable. If we all work together as members of the same government, with different roles, we will achieve our goals to better the lot of the Nigerian people.

“I am also aware that there are people for whom any notion that the leadership of a National Assembly controlled by the ruling party work in harmony with the executive is anathema. That is not the way the presidential system of government was designed to function and I am not for any adversarial or acrimonious relationship.”

Lawan, however, explained how the National Assembly will checkmate the executive through oversight functions meant to enhance transparency.

“As lawmakers, one of the powerful tools we have for our work is the power of oversight which is meant to enhance transparency and accountability. In exercising these powers, we will not only review, monitor and supervise projects being implemented by the executive, we will critically examine them vis-à-vis the cost and whether they align with our national aspirations. And we will follow the progress of these projects right from conception to when they are finally delivered to the people. But we will do so with every sense of responsibility,” he said.

He Urged his colleagues to ensure that at all times, and in all circumstances, they be guided by how their action will positively impact the greater majority of our people, drawing their attention to the poverty ravaging the nation and lamenting the number of out of school children as worrisome.

”Even though primary education is officially free and compulsory, over 10 million of the country’s children aged 5 – 14 years are out of school,” he said.

 

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