- Osinbajo, Speaker parley on executive, legislative partnership
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila has told his colleague-lawmakers interested in specific standing committees in which they have competence to submit their curriculum vitae (CVs) for consideration.
Gbajabiamila disclosed this while inaugurating members of three ad-hoc committees of the House yesterday.
The ad hoc committees are to assist him in running the House until standing committees are constituted.
The committees include the selection committee chaired by the speaker; committee on welfare chaired by Hon. Wale Raji (APC-Lagos) and committee on media chaired by Hon. Khadijat Bukar Abba-Ibrahim (APC-Yobe).
He tasked members of the committees on the need to justify the trust and confidence reposed in them to serve in various steering committees for effective take-off of legislative activities.
The Speaker observed that the inauguration of the three ad hoc committees was a major phase critical to running the lower chamber.
The terms of reference of the ad hoc committee on welfare include: allocation of offices and chairs in the Lower Chambers to all the 360 members putting into consideration their ranking status.
The speaker, who stressed the need for timely conclusion of various assignments ahead of July 2 resumption date, urged the welfare ad-hoc committee to “take it very seriously.”
He explained that the allocation of offices and Chamber seats would be carried out with himself and deputy speaker in line with extant tradition.
Meanwhile, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday met with the Speaker at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The meeting, which lasted for about one hour, was the first official visit by the new Speaker since his election on June 11.
Speaking to State House Correspondents after the meeting, Gbajabiamila said he was at the Villa to engage the Vice President on issues of cementing a good working relationship between the executive and the legislative arms of government.
According to him, “The executive and the legislature can collaborate to make life better for Nigeria and Nigerians.
“It wasn’t a personal meeting, but you can call it a hybrid – between the personal and official, but mostly it’s official,” he added.
Gbajabiamila explained that any meeting with the Vice President was relevant since it borders on the economy and how to move the country forward.
He said their meeting charted a roadmap about how to confront the problems that are facing Nigeria today.
Asked what Nigerians are going to see differently from his leadership in the Ninth Assembly, the speaker said: “Stay tuned, you’ve heard my inaugural speech, we are going to do things differently; we are going to build on whatever the achievements are of the Eighth Assembly, and it’s going to be a reformed house.
“Like I have said, the reform will be fished out in piece meal so as not to shock the system. But there will be reforms that will be for the benefit of the country. We expect the cooperation of all facets of government, including the executive and you – the journalists.”
On whether he will carry the opposition members along in terms of committee chairing, Gbajabiamila said the committees would be unfolded in the next few weeks.
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