President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, has said that nobody is
above the scrutiny of the National Assembly.
Lawan stated this in his closing remarks moments before the Upper
Chamber adjourned plenary till September 15, 2020 for its annual
Speaking on the gains of a harmonious working relationship between the
legislature and the executive arm of government, the Senate President
advised appointees of the President against needless confrontation
with the Committees of the National Assembly.
According to him, engagements with Ministries, Departments and
Agencies of government by the committees of the National Assembly are
carried out to serve public interest and in accordance with the
provisions of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
“As for what has been happening recently, let me take this opportunity
to advice that it takes both arms of Government to work together in a
cordial and harmonious way.
“We are desirous of working together with the executive arm, and we
expect that the executive arm would be desirous of working with us. We
want to work in harmony.
“Nobody should feel that he is above the scrutiny of the National
Assembly. The function of the National Assembly is enshrined in the
Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Senate during Wednesday’s plenary passed three Bills.
They are Police Act (Repeal and are-enactment) Bill, 2020; Banks and
Other Financial Institutions Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020; and the
Nigerian Railway Corporation Act (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill, 2020.
The Police Re-enactment Bill was passed following the consideration of
the Conference Committee Report of the National Assembly Committee on
Similarly, the Banks and other Financial Institutions Bill; and the
Nigerian Railway Corporation Bill were both passed after a
clause-by-clause consideration of the reports of the Senate Committee
on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions; and Committee
on Land Transport.
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