Saturday, May 20, 2017

Presidency, N’Assembly face-off may get tougher in Nigeria’s interest

A lawmaker representing, Iseyin/Iwajowa/Kajola/Itesiwaju Federal Constituency), Abiodun Olasupo, has said the face-off between the presidency and National Assembly may be tougher in the interest of Nigeria.

Olasupo told journalists in Iseyin on Saturday that the face-off was not targeted at settling scores but to fast-track meaningful development in the country.

Olasupo was on routine tour of his constituency to inaugurate projects and brief constituents on his activities at the National Assembly.

He said the insinuation of a row between the two arms of government was not entirely correct, saying it was democracy in action.

The lawmaker said, “It might look like we are antagonizing each other but that is what we are meant to be doing. It is out of this that we put many things in the right shape. The separation of power principle entrenched in the constitution encourages checks and balances. I think Nigerians should be more worried whenever they see us smiling to everything.

“What the people are seeing is democracy in action. This will not affect the development of the nation. Nigerians should not be afraid, we are doing what the law empowers us to do.”

Speaking on the government’s whistle blowing policy, Olasupo said the National Assembly was seriously working on enabling laws to strengthen and protect the identity of whistle blowers.

The lawmaker said the Whistle Blowing Act is at advanced stage of becoming a law in Nigeria so that successive administrations would uphold it.

He added: “Let me digress a little. You should not be surprised that all the measures used in the anti-corruption crusade today were developed by President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration. Jonathan’s administration developed the principle of whistle blowing, Bank Verification Number (BVN) and the Treasury Single Account (TSA) but lacked the political will to implement them.

“You can see that the implementation by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is bringing the desired results.”

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