House Speaker promises to work with opposition

Cyril Okonkwo, Abuja


Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, says he will carry the opposition along as he prepares to form committees of the House.

Gbajabiamila was speaking with State House correspondents after he met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

“Committees will be unfolded in the next few weeks and you will see how we intend to carry them along.  Not letting anything out of the bag, but you can be sure that they will be carried along,” the Speaker said.

Piecemeal reforms
He explained that the 9th Nigerian House of Representatives would embark on reforms, which would be done piecemeal to avoid causing problems in governance.

“We are going to be doing things differently.  We are going to build on whatever the achievements are of the 8th Assembly.  It’s going to be a reform house. 

“The reforms are going to be dished out piecemeal so as not to shut the system, but there will be reforms that will be for the benefit of the country. 

“We see how it goes and we expect the cooperation of all facets of government, all arms of government, including the executive and including our constituents,” he explained.

Official meeting
Gbajabiamila said his meeting with the vice president was official and that the discussions focused on how to move Nigeria forward.

“It is official and any meeting with the vice president is relevant.  It is about the country; how to move forward; chatting a roadmap about how to confront the problems that face Nigeria today. 

“Those were the issues we discussed; it wasn’t a personal visit, but you can call it a hybrid between personal and official, but mostly official, addressing the issues of the problem. 

The speaker added that the meeting also looked at how the executive and the legislature could collaborate to make life better for Nigeria and Nigerians.


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