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I Wasn’t Elected To Fight The Executive But To Collaborate, Says Gbajabiamila

 

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has reiterated that opposite to common opinion, the present National Assembly shouldn’t be a rubber stamp.

On the opposite hand, he additionally said that he was not elected to combat the Executive however to have interaction and collaborate with stakeholders to convey dividends of democracy.

The Speaker of the House stated this on Sunday at his annual End of the Year Grassroots Empowerment Programme which happened in Surulere, Lagos.

“The fact is that the National Assembly is not a rubber stamp. This is a National Assembly that represents the interests of the people. The people of Surulere did not elect me to fight the Executive but to engage and collaborate with stakeholders to bring dividends of democracy,” he stated

“This is a new dispensation. There will be checks and balances. There will be separation of powers. We will agree with the executive if we have to, and we will disagree if we have to. Our watchword is to protect the interests of the Nigerian people. That is the oath I and my colleagues swore to”.

Also addressing different points such because the current border closure by the Federal Government, the House Speaker stated it’s yielding good outcomes as Nigerian farmers are actually “smiling to the bank.”

Gbajabiamila stated the motion by the Federal Government has compelled Nigerians to now devour regionally farmed merchandise, particularly Nigerian rice.

Read the complete particulars of the occasion under.

Press Statement from the Office of the Speaker, House of Representatives.
December 22, 2019

Border closure yielding good outcomes – Gbajabiamila

…helps constituents to spice up companies
…says Legislature, Executive collaboration greatest for Nigerians

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep Femi Gbajabiamila has stated that the present border closure by the Federal Government is yielding good outcomes as Nigerian farmers are “smiling to the bank.”

Gbajabiamila stated the motion by the Federal Government has compelled Nigerians to now devour regionally farmed merchandise, particularly Nigerian rice.

Gbajabiamila stated this in Surulere, Lagos State, on Sunday at his annual End of the Year Grassroots Empowerment Programme.

The Speaker stated: “I must say the impact of closing Nigeria’s borders to foreign rice is yielding results. I am sure so many farmers are now smiling to the bank. The volume of Christmas rice sales made by Nigerian farmers speaks to the emerging culture of eating what we grow.”

This is even because the Speaker offered money grants to some 500 beneficiaries in his Surulere 1 Federal Constituency to assist enhance their companies, which is a part of his annual End of the Year Grassroots Empowerment Programme.

23 individuals additionally acquired automobiles as a part of the Empowerment programme, laptop enterprise homeowners acquired Power producing units and photocopying machines whereas college students acquired laptops.

“My vision and mission is that by the time we are done in four years, Surulere will never be the same again. That is an assurance. At least as of now, no fewer than 70 to 80 people in Surulere have become proud car owners in my time, and we will continue to do more.

“This year’s edition of our grassroots programme focuses on small businesses in our constituency and to better the income of constituents in the year 2020. It focuses on ease of transportation, and it breaks the cycle of poverty. There will be a minimum of over 500 people going away with N100,000 to N200,000 each to enhance their businesses.

“But I have put a caveat: there will be no disbursement until after Christmas and New Year. If you give somebody N200,000 now, he might spend it on Yuletide activities. So, the grant is for you to develop your businesses so that N200,000 will become N2m and then N20m if properly invested.

“We are currently reconstructing Ibezim Obiajulu Street, Esther Dada-Adeniji Link road to Ishaga, Mery Eneli Street, Chief Bereola Street and the wholesome renovation of Elizabeth Fowler Primary School, Surulere,” the Speaker stated

While thanking his constituents for his or her help and the mandate they’ve been giving to him since 2003, Gbajabiamila stated he would proceed to work with the Executive arm to convey extra developmental tasks to them.

He stated the notion amongst some Nigerians that the present National Assembly is a rubber stamp of the Executive arm was mistaken, noting that good collaboration between the 2 arms is all the time in the perfect curiosity of Nigerians.

Gbajabiamila stated it was for that cause that the ninth National Assembly ensured that the 2020 finances was handed in file time to return the nation to the January to December finances cycle.

“In the interest of the 360 federal constituencies across Nigeria, the National Assembly has returned the budget cycle to January to December.

“This new discipline will increase economic activities and afford the executive to implement the budget containing nationwide projects within the full financial year as against limited implementation scope in the past.

“People, critics and people of other parties have said the 9th Assembly is a rubber stamp to the Executive. They may have told you that too.

“The fact is that the National Assembly is not a rubber stamp. This is a National Assembly that represents the interests of the people. The people of Surulere did not elect me to fight the Executive but to engage and collaborate with stakeholders to bring dividends of democracy.

“This is a new dispensation. There will be checks and balances. There will be separation of powers. We will agree with the executive if we have to, and we will disagree if we have to. Our watchword is to protect the interests of the Nigerian people. That is the oath I and my colleagues swore to.”

Meanwhile,

Signed:

Lanre Lasisi

Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Speaker, House of Representatives, Nigeria.

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