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Tinubu to NASS: Though your rights to summon Heads of MDAs, allow them do their jobs

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu (l) Engaging the Leadership of the House of Representatives at the Forum, in Abuja, FCT Photo: State House

*President Bola Ahmed Tinubu urges the Federal lawmakers to show discretion in the exercise of their oversight functions, so excessive summoning of top officials of Ministries, Departments and Agencies will not disrupt operations and hinder service delivery to Nigerian consumers

Isola Moses| ConsumerConnect

In order to avoid disrupting operations and hinder service delivery to Nigerians, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has appealed to members of the National Assembly (NASS), in Abuja, FCT, to exercise restraint in frequent summoning of Heads of government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) before parliamentary committees.

Tinubu expressed his administration’s concern at the breaking of Ramadan fast Wednesday, March 20, 2024, to Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Tajudeen Abbas, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the leadership of the House.

The President said while oversight is essential for maintaining transparency and accountability in governance, excessive summoning of top officials of MDAs could disrupt operations and hinder service delivery to consumers.

Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Presidential Spokesman, Wednesday stated the Nigerian leader, therefore, urged Federal lawmakers to show discretion in the exercise of their oversight functions.

Tinubu also stated: “I have been watching various committees summoning ministers and heads of agencies. I have complained to the Speaker to let the poor breathe.

“Let these people do the job. We are not saying that you are not influential. We are not saying you cannot do your oversight.

“But consider the primary duty of each agency, its personnel, or the responsibilities of the Governor of the Central Bank or the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance to you and the entire nation.”

The President equally noted: “If they are distracted or disturbed, maybe we will shift parliamentary sitting all through the night.

“We must find a way to accommodate one another. This is an appeal to you. See if you can accept representatives in some instances or even documentations.”

Expressing confidence in the ability of the National Assembly to uphold good governance, President Tinubu lauded the existing cordial relationship between the Executive and the Legislature.

According to him, the harmonious working relationship has resulted in the expeditious passage of several bills to improve the welfare of Nigerians.

Show compassion, support for less-privileged in society –Tinubu

President Tinubu further urged the legislators not to forget their constituencies and to take advantage of the holy month of Ramadan to show compassion and support the less privileged in society.

He averred: “We are making sacrifices for the country, and we are assuring citizens that there is a very bright light at the end of the tunnel.

“We must have faith, and please do not forget your constituencies and remember what they are going through.

”I cannot thank you enough for what you are doing, but it is for our country. There is nothing personal about this. It is for Nigeria, and we have no other country but Nigeria.”

Fallen heroes in attacks in Delta won’t die in vain, says President

On the recent dastardly killing of 17 soldiers on national duty in Okuama community, Delta State, Tinubu, while expressing his heartfelt condolences to the families of the bereaved, pledged that the sacrifices of the fallen heroes would never be in vain.

The President announced that the officers would be given a befitting burial and national honours.

He stated: “In responding to distress calls, they met the end of their lives in a savage manner.

“Let us work to sympathise and symbolise the fact that they are worth the sacrifices they have made for Nigeria.

”We salute all our men and women in uniform, and we sympathise with them. I will soon make further pronouncements, but they must have a befitting burial and national honours.”

In his remarks at the forum, Rt. Hon. Abbas, Speaker of the House, emphasised the importance of forgiveness, generosity, and prayers during Ramadan, and called for unity among Nigerians and support for President Tinubu.

He said: “I want to urge us to use this month to increase our good deeds and minimise our bad deeds.”

Reflecting on the 10 months of this administration, the Speaker noted that the executive and the legislature have continued to work in synergy for the progress of the country.

Abbas also declared: “So far, so good, the House has been very supportive of the President and his policies, and we shall continue to ensure that we work together.”

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