Mr Ladi Lekuti, the Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Ijebu-Ode chapter, Ogun, has urged members of the National Assembly (NASS) to comport themselves and follow the rule of law in settling disputes.

Lekuti made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Ijebu-Ode, while reacting to the ongoing leadership tussle in the National Assembly.

He also urged the legislators not to lose focus of the tasks at hand toward national development and reminded them that their actions were being scrutinised by those who voted them in.

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He said “not getting their acts together is only slowing the process of governance, as the legislative works hand-in-hand with the executive to move the nation forward.’’

On the appointment of federal cabinet, he urged President Muhammadu Buhari to engage professionals as his ministers.

He said it was wrong for non professionals to be appointed to head sensitive ministries that required expertise and competence.

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Lekuti also urged the president not be biased or be influenced in his choice of appointees but rather focus on choosing competent hands who would implement the governing party’s agenda.

He further cautioned that issues of marginalisation and gender disparity must be avoided while selecting cabinet officials.

“One of the challenges confronting the country today is the placing of wrong people to head organisations that require expertise.

“Failure to appoint seasoned professionals in key positions will take the country several years backward.

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“The globally accepted practice is for professionals to head offices they belong to.’’

Lekuti added that the perceived plan to reduce the cost of governance by merging Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and restructure Federal Civil Service was highly commendable.

“To tackle corruption, you need to set an example, therefore, the proposed merging of MDAs will ensure proper coordination of duties and greater efficiency in service delivery.’’