Nigerians will benefit more from existing cordial relationship -Lawan

Timothy Choji, Abuja

PRESIDENT BUHARI RECEIVES SENATE PRESIDENT AND SPEAKER 4. President Muhammadu Buhari (M) Flanked by the President of the Senate, Senator Ahmed Lawan and Speaker Rt Hon Femi Gbajabiamila during a meeting at the State House Wednesday in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. JULY 17 2019

President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan says Nigerians stand to benefit a lot from the existing cordial relationship between the executive and legislative arms of government.

Lawan made the statement on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, while speaking to Journalists after he met with President Muhammadu Buhari alongside the Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.

PRESIDENT BUHARI RECEIVES SENATE PRESIDENT AND SPEAKER 1. President Muhammadu Buhari receives the President of the Senate, Senator Ahmed Lawan during a meeting at the State House Wednesday in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. JULY 17 2019

He said: “We have come to meet with the President, the Honourable Speaker and I to discuss issues of general interest in governance of this country and this is a new leaf in the relationship between the legislature and the executive arm of government so these are things that will make governance a little bit enhanced and we believe that this will continue to see us many more times coming ot meet with the President.

“It is sufficient to say that what we have discussed are those things that will ensure that the people of Nigeria are better protected, that the economy of Nigeria performs better to the inclusion of everyone in the country and that governance generally is able to achieve the set targets of providing security and welfare for Nigerians.”

On the expected screening of ministers and other nominees, the President of the Senate said the legislators would collaborate more and ensure speedy confirmation of appointees to enhance governance.

“We are going to collaborate and cooperate more with the executive arm of government to ensure that we find better approaches and improved paradigm to ensure that the current situation is addressed properly at the end of the day we are going to have a security summit that will further show the collaboration between the two arms of government,” he said.

On his part, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila said the crisis in the Edo State House of Assembly would soon be resolved, having received the report of the committee that investigated the matter.

He said the House of Representatives will do the needful and possibly invoke the relevant section of the constitution, by taking over the functions of the Edo State House of Assembly, where necessary.

The Speaker said: “As you know we set an adhoc committee, they went to Edo State, the report was laid and considered today and the context of the report is very clear. I think what we did was to stick strictly by the rule or by the law that guides the assembly and us as lawmakers.

“So one of the recommendations which I believed was approved by the House, was for us to have a proper proclamation with date, venue and time which was missing in the first proclamation. They (Edo House of Assembly) have about a week to come up with the proper election of the principal officers. If in a week nothing changes, perhaps the House and the National Assembly as a whole would look at invoking section 11 of the constitution.”