We’ll ensure a friendly National Assembly, says FG

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday said the Federal Government would forestall a repeat of the conduct of the eighth National Assembly which, he claimed, worked at cross-purposes with the executive arm of government.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the minister spoke while featuring on a Nigerian Television Authority’s programme, Good Morning Nigeria.

Mohammed said the All Progressives Congress-led government was working towards having a National Assembly that would work in synergy with the executive for seamless execution of its agenda.

He said for all government’s programmes and policies to materialise in the next four years, there was the need for a legislative arm that would work in tandem with the executive.

The minister said, “As far as we respect the independence of the legislative arm of government, we also believe that, especially when a party has done very well in both legislative and executive elections, there should be a synergy between the legislative and the executive arms of government.

“I want to assure you that we are doing the right thing this time and we will not end up with the kind of situation that we had from 2015 to 2019.

“We will not have a situation where it will seem that the leadership of the National Assembly is working for the opposition or where members of the same party are working at cross-purposes.

“This time, we will get it right. We will have a good relationship with the National Assembly and we will work very well with the legislature.”

Mohammed said he seized the opportunity of his recent foreign trip to tell the international community how the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration had delivered on its promises, and how it would do more in the next four years.

He added, “I have a good product in President Buhari and selling him to the international community was quite easy.

“What endears him to the international community is the achievement in the economy; how he nurtured the economy from recession to growth, recording six consecutive quarters of growth in the GDP.

“We have brought down inflation, foreign reserve has increased from $27bn to $45bn.

“Our reforms have earned us accolade globally. Post-election, we have witnessed $5bn investment in Nigeria.”
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