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UN scribe hails NASS, executive relationship

The United Nations has commended the “good relations” between the Executive and the 8th National Assembly as exhibited by the lawmakers at the joint session of the National Assembly on Tuesday, during the presentation of the 2018 Budget by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambers, gave the commendation yesterday when he visited the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, in Abuja.

He said the excellent collaboration between the executive and the legislature “augurs well not just for the stability and peace of the country, the ECOWAS sub-region and indeed, Africa in general.”

He said the visit to the leadership of the National Assembly was part of the UN’s consultation with relevant stakeholders as the country “prepares for the 2019 general elections.”

“First and foremost, allow me, Mr. President, to express our appreciation and indeed our admiration for what we witnessed yesterday (Tuesday), during the joint session of the National Assembly to receive the budget statement of the President of the Republic and indeed the very collaborative atmosphere that characterised that important constitutional exercise by the President of the Republic.

“We all know that when such collaboration exists between these two key arms of government, it augurs well for Nigeria and by extension the West African sub-region and indeed Africa as a whole,” he said.

Continuing, he said: “The UN Secretary-General has always admired the leadership of this country and that leadership is a shared leadership by the Executive, the Legislature and, of course, the Judiciary and other civil societies and important stakeholders.

“Therefore, what we witnessed was truly admirable and we want to you commend you as leader of Senate and leader of the National Assembly for that.”

Responding, Saraki said the National Assembly, irrespective of party affiliations, “will continue to work closely with the executive to enable the President achieve his development agenda for the overall benefit of Nigerians.”

“We are always ready to work very closely with the executive. We are partners in progress and we believe that the success of the administration would truly depend on the collaboration between the two arms of government and we have both seen that sense of responsibility.”

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