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Speaker Gbajabiamila says it is better for the National Assembly to be a rubber stamp than to fight the Executive

Femi Gbajabiamila

Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the National House of Representatives, says that it is better for the National Assembly to be a rubber stamp for the progress of the country than to fight the Executive Arm.

The Speaker stated this on Sunday during an event tagged ‘2019 End of the Year Grassroots Empowerment Programme’ with members of his constituency in Surulere, Lagos State.

“People, critics and members of other parties have said the 9th Assembly is a rubber stamp of the executive. They may have told you that, too. You know what? It is better to be a rubber stamp and bring progress, than fight the executive without progress. When two elephants fight, the grass suffers,” he said.

The problem with Mr. Speaker’s position however, is that it’s difficult for a nation to actually make progress if the Legislative Arm is totally subjected to the control of the Executive Arm. We all need the Legislative Arm for checks and balances, that’s when we can actually progress as a nation.

Not everything or plans the presidency has is good or right for the people (they are humans and would certainly make mistakes). The other arms of government is there to ensure the executive don’t derail and yes it includes fighting the executive (if need be), for them to prevent certain wrong policies and terrible decisions.

If the National Assembly must be a rubber stamp, it should only be a “rubber stamp” for Nigerians. In fact, the National Assembly is supposed to be Nigerians rubber stamp, what the people want and decide is what they must do.

Speaking further the Speaker said, “the fact is that the National Assembly is not a rubber stamp. This is a National Assembly that represents the interests of the people .The people of Surulere did not elect me to fight the executive, but to engage and collaborate with stakeholders to bring the dividends of democracy.

“This is a new dispensation. There will be checks and balances. There will be separation of powers. We will agree with the executive if we have to and we will disagree if we have to. Our watchword is to protect the interests of the Nigerian people. That is the oath that my colleagues and I swore to.”

The event was attended by supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the leaders of the party in Lagos.

Gbajabiamila thanked the people for supporting him. He promised to do more for the people, build schools, roads and health centres.

He further noted that the lawmakers have returned the budget cycle to January to December starting with the 2020 Budget, saying that the development would increase economic activities and give enough time for budget implementation.

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