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Senate, Reps Leadership Meet over NASS Crises

Ayodele Afolabi, Abuja

ABUJA, NIGERIA (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The leadership of both chambers of the National Assembly met Wednesday evening in a move to further unite the two arms and get them to take common position on issues.

The meeting which lasted for two and a half hours in the private residence of Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, source said, was attended by members of the Senate leadership and their counterparts in the House of Representatives led by Speaker Yakubu Dogara.

The meeting was said to have expressed concern about the endless crises that have engulfed the National Assembly since the current dispensation which has eroded the confidence of the public in the parliament.

The forum, it was learnt, expressed discomfort that the National Assembly was fast losing its Independence to the overbearing Executive arms.

The legislative leaders discussed and agreed that the two chambers should always take common position and present a united front on all national issues by seeking to harmonize their stands.

The economic recession in the country was discussed and it was agreed that the House should also take time to deliberate on the development and come out with recommendations that could help the executive arm of government in reviving the ailing national economy. The various positions are to be harmonized.

“Also, we agreed to fast-track the various bills awaiting concurrence in the two chambers before they are presented to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent.

” We also deliberated on the need to create better working relationship and hold regular meetings so that we can always be on the same page on all issues”, a source who participated in the meeting revealed.

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