President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, has tasked the newly-elected and returning members of the National Assembly, NASS, to be purposeful in their oversight functions and give him total support to enable his incoming administration serve Nigerians better.
Addressing them at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, during the induction course for the incoming 8th National Assembly members, Buhari said he was ready to work with the parliament in making laws that will improve the fortunes of the country.
He commended President Goodluck Jonathan for his role in making the outcome of the just-concluded elections peaceful by conceding defeat even before the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, announced the final results.
Buhari said: “I am glad to have been given the privilege of addressing the incoming members at this induction programme and I congratulate all of you elected members for being found worthy of election by your constituents. The nation stands on a threshold of history, having passed through a peaceful election despite predictions of calamitous polls.
“I am here to ask for your unconditional support and cooperation as we chart a new course for our great country and rid it of myriads of challenges; an achievement of which will be impossible without your support.
“There is an urgent need to curtail current challenges that bother on addressing challenges of power failure, critical infrastructure, insecurity, poverty, corruption, environmental degradation in the Niger Delta region, amongst others as together we can make this country great.
“I commend the role played by President Goodluck Jonathan for accepting the outcome of the elections even before the results were announced. I also commend INEC and the doggedness of Nigerians in the face of intimidation and danger,’’ Buhari stated.
While urging the legislators to use their oversight function as a tool for enhancing good governance, Buhari further admonished them to face the business of lawmaking with all seriousness.
Earlier, the Senate President and Chairman of the National Assembly, David Mark, commended the President-elect for making out time to address the session, adding that it was a sign of good working relationship between the executive and the legislature in the next dispensation.


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