Majority leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila has defended what is generally perceived as dismal performance of President Muhammadu Buhari in his one full year in office, arguing that such time frame is too short to assess the performance of the president.
Gbajabiamila stated this while briefing journalists on the report on legislative activities of the House in the 8th Assembly, spanning from Jan-March 2016.
But speaking ahead of the Buhari’s one year in office, the majority leader said he cannot access the government when it was premature.
He said the framers of the constitution gave four years for such assessment.
The lawmaker, therefore, called on Nigerians to be patient and give the current administration more time.
Gbajabiamila pointed out that given what the government found on ground, it had done remarkably well.
He said that the economic policy of Buhari’s government was embedded in the 2016 budget.
The lawmaker called on people saying that the federal government has no economic policy to look at the budget to see government economic blueprint.
On the legislative activities of the House, the majority leader hinted that in the first quarter of 2016, a total of 133 bills were introduced for the first time; 34 scaled through second reading; 20 were consolidated; while two out of the 133 bills were killed.
He stressed that within the first quarter of 2016, only two bills and 117 resolutions arisen from motions presented by members of the House were passed in the first 90 days of 2016 after successfully scaling through all the stages of legislation.
Gbajabiamila noted that the bills passed are: ‘the FCT Statutory Appropriation Amendment Bill, 2016’ and the ‘Appropriation Bill 2016’ are meant to stimulate the economy and improve lives of their constituents.
The majority leader said the 2016 Appropriation Bill was deliberated upon during the period, adding it was the first time in the history that the Appropriation Bill was subjected to extensive public scrutiny with contributions by all committees of the House and Nigerians in general.
He further disclosed that between December 15, 2015 and February 25, 2016, about 35 bills referred to various committees had been pending in those committees for more than 60 days since the dates of referrals.