Senator representing Katsina North in the upper chamber of the National assembly, Mustapha Bukar has called for synergy between the legislature and executive for the enactment of enabling laws that would enhance good governance in the country.
Speaking to newsmen over the weekend in Abuja, Bukar noted that such cooperation would fast-track the nation’s legislative processes and place the country on the path of progressive governance.
The All Progressives Congress, APC, chieftain therefore appealed to Nigerians to be patient with the present administration, as it strives to bring the desired change that would usher in meaningful development at all facets of the system.
He noted that it was obvious that Nigerians expected immediate change as soon as the 2015 general elections were conducted and winners emerged but appealed to the electorate for understating, saying that, though the change would come, it would be gradual.
Responding to allegation that the National Assembly barely sat for two weeks in almost three months of its inauguration, the lawmaker argued that it was too early to conclude that the apex chamber did not perform well, stating that it was after one legislative year that a proper assessment of the chamber could be done.
The first time senator also said that the legislative agenda, which the Senate already set up a committee to articulate, would help to give the legislators focus and direct the actions of the upper chamber in the next four years.
He said: “The National Assembly has a number of days it must sit within any legislative year. We are only three months into the system, and traditionally, this season is always open for vacation, during which normally, you get certain things; you get all that needs to be done to ensure that the National Assembly operates very effectively.
“So, it is not anything different from what has happened so far. But once we reach one legislative year and we have not done anything, then you can ask those questions. Even then, it is not the National Assembly that should judge itself; it should be Nigerians that should judge the National Assembly.
“But what is important, which you should remember is that the Senate has set up a committee that will develop a legislative action plan. The legislative agenda will help us to focus on what we will do in the next four years, and I hope the Executive will do something similar so that we have some synergy between the National Assembly and the Executive.”

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