…-NASS ‘ll remain focus on national issues, Saraki
By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
ABUJA – PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday night told the leadership of the two houses of the National Assembly that the relationship between the Eight Assembly and the the executive was not cordial
But the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki said that the National Assembly will always remain focused and work in the interest of the country.
Speaking at a dinner meeting he hosted with the leadership of the National Assembly at the Presidential villa, Abuja, President Buhari said the county deserved better than what it got in terms of working relationship between the two arms.
The President at the dinner which was for breaking of fast said he hoped for a better working relationship between the two arms of government with the 9th National Assembly soon to come.
According to him, “Relations between the Executive and the Legislature were not the best in the 8th National Assembly. I sincerely hope each one of us will do his utmost to ensure there is a better working relationship between these two arms of government in the 9th Assembly so that we can serve the people better,. ”
He argued that the the principal task of the National Assembly “is to cooperate with the Executive so that together we can fashion policies that will lift our people out of poverty and out of illiteracy. I appeal to the Distinguished Senators and Honourable Members to subordinate all personal interests and ambitions to the imperative of working for the common good of our people.”
The President congratulated the members-elect on their success in winning their constituency seats and opined that “this is a great burden and a great responsibility placed on you by your people. Our citizens are faced with challenges of poverty.
“Your principal task is to cooperate with the Executive so that together we can fashion policies that will lift our people out of poverty and out of illiteracy. I appeal to the Distinguished Senators and Honourable Members to subordinate all personal interests and ambitions to the imperative of working for the common good of our people, ” he said.
Buhari in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu assured the leaders that his doors remain open “to all of you who have genuine concerns or advice to improve the quality of governance and service delivery to our people.”
Responding on behalf of others, President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki assured the President that the National Assembly will maintain focus on national interest at all times.
In addition to the President of the Senate and Speaker Yakubu Dogara, the event was attended by the Deputy Senate President and the the Deputy Speaker, the majority and Minority leaders and the majority and Minority Whips and their deputies.