Tinubu to n’assembly: Stop excessive invitations, allow heads of MDAs do their jobs

President Bola Tinubu has appealed to members of the national
assembly to exercise restraint in inviting heads of ministries, departments and
agencies (MDAs).


The president spoke on Wednesday while breaking the Ramadan
fast with Tajudeen Abbas, speaker of the house of representatives, and other
members of the leadership cadre of the lower legislative chamber.


Hardly a week passes at the national assembly without
lawmakers summoning heads of government agencies.


In instances where government officials fail to appear, they
are often threatened with warrants of arrest.


Tinubu said while oversight is essential for maintaining
transparency and accountability in governance, the frequent summons of heads of
government agencies can affect service delivery to the people.


”I have been watching various committees summoning ministers
and heads of agencies,” the president said.


“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.


”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 documentation.”


The president reiterated that he believes in the
constitutional powers of the national assembly to uphold good governance
through oversight responsibilities on the executive.


Tinubu asked the lawmakers to use the occasion of Ramadan to
show compassion and support members of their constituencies.


“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,”
Tinubu said.


“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.”



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