Abuja – Vice President Namadi Sambo on Saturday charged members-elect into the House of Representatives to lay a good foundation for the development of Nigeria.
Sambo gave the advice at a meeting of the seventh Assembly Green Initiative (AGI) in Abuja.
The AGI is a 260-member multiparty caucus of first term members-elect of the House comprising those from all parties.
He said there was a need for the members to create a new Nigeria by laying a solid foundation.
“We need to create a new Nigeria. We have the opportunity now to lay the foundation for a strong Nigeria that should see us through the next 50 years,” he said.
He said the collaborative efforts of the legislature and the executive would further enhance the development of the country.
He urged members to effectively utilise the opportunity given to them to serve their people.
He reiterated government’s readiness to carry everyone along, irrespective of party and religious affiliations.
“ I want to assure you that this administration will be a unifying administration.
“It is an administration that will have an open door for all members of the House of Representatives and the Senate,’’ he said.
In a remark, Dr Abdul Jibrin, a member-elect and Co-ordinator of AGI, said the meeting was convened to commence the process of discussion and agenda setting for the development of the country.
Jibrin said the group would screen every member aspiring to lead the House as it would not compromise its unity and integrity.
“We will not compromise, we will screen candidates, they will tell us what they have for first timers,’’ he said.
He gave the assurance that the house would work with the executive towards the development of the country.
Rep. Muraina Ajibola (PDP-Oyo), an aspirant to the speaker position of the House, enjoined members-elect to take the retreat put together for them at the six geo-political zones seriously.
He said the retreat would equip them to contribute meaningful to lawmaking.
Ajibola reminded them that they owed the country a duty to carry it to greater heights among the comity of nations.