- Hon Mufutau Egberongbe expresses optimism that the ninth National Assembly would carry out its functions learning from the gaffs of the eighth legislative arm
- Egberongbe assures that the National Assembly will work with the executive arm of government in the interest of Nigerians
- The lawmaker-elect commends the Buhari administration for his achievements in four years despite the cold relationship between it and the National Assembly
The lawmaker-elect for Apapa federal constituency at the National Assembly, Mufutau Egberongbe, has expressed optimism that a robust, mutual relationship would exist between the legislature and the executive at the centre.
Egberongbe, a former member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, told Legit.ng that the next four years would afford the government better opportunities to advance the course of the nation because the House of Representatives and the Senate would be peopled by legislators of like minds who are truly prepared to serve.
According to him, it is heartwarming knowing that the All Progressives Congress (APC) would maintain a larger part of the National Assembly when the session begins.
The lawmaker-elect argued that the nation experienced a turbulent four years between 2015 and 2019 owing to the frosty relationship between the National Assembly and the executive arm headed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
"Under such circumstance, the executive arm saddled with implementing policies and processes for development only ended up working under pressure.
"We really need to commend the President Buhari-led government for what it was able to achieve in the last four years despite the relationship that could best be described as sour.
"From my experience in legislative practice, I know that there must be constant mutual relationship between the arm and the executive in the interest of the nation.
"That, however, does not mean or make the legislature rubber-stamp. Where areas of mutual disagreement exist, the government does not need to be blackmailed since Nigerians remain the subject of service," he said.
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Egberongbe maintained that the ninth National Assembly and its leadership must learn from the various issues that characterised the outgoing session if positive results must be achieved.
Legit.ng earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, March 11, said he looked forward to a mutual working relationship with the ninth National Assembly, which would commence its session later in 2019.
Buhari said such relationship was necessary towards improving the budgetary process and restoring the country to the January-December fiscal cycle.
The president said this in a statement released by his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja.
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