Senate President Bukola
Saraki has tasked management
staff of the National Assembly to
embrace change and reposition
the legislature for transparency
and efficient service delivery.
The Senate president gave
the task in his opening speech
at a five-day retreat for National
Assembly top management
personnel on Monday in Lokoja,
saying that the time had come
for the NASS personnel to draw
a line between the old order and
the change the country craved
for.
He assured that it would no
longer be business as usual,
adding that the time for the
management to live up to
its own responsibilities to
deliver effective and efficient
performance in pursuit of good
governance had come.
Senator Saraki therefore
called for synergy between staff
and legislators of the National
Assembly, saying “if we hope
to provide an efficient National
Assembly, if we intend to bring
accountability and transparency
to the National Assembly, we
cannot do it without you.
“So, whatever we do as
legislators of the National
Assembly, you have a key role
to play. At no time in history has
the need for synergy, purpose
and drive to embrace a full effect
more rife than now. It’s time for
us to accept that change has come
not by words but by action.”
Earlier, the clerk of the National
Assembly, Alhaji Mohammed
Sani-Omolori in his opening
remarks said the retreat themed
‘Repositioning the National
Assembly for Effective Service
Delivery,’ was designed to bring
the management personnel
together to brainstorm on
the direction of the nation’s
legislature.
He said there was need
for capacity building for the
management staff in view of
the dynamics of the changing
times adding that “we must be
adequately prepared to lead
through the changes.”
Sani-Omolori said that
the objective of the retreat
was principally to create an
atmosphere of participatory
inclusiveness in their service
delivery and as well engender
concrete and positive attitudinal
change for effectiveness.
He reiterated the need to
improve the general working
condition of staff and upgrade of
facilities,saying that the overall
effectiveness of the National
Assembly in the performance of
its functions was dependent on
capacity of staff.
Speaker of the House of
Representatives, Yakubu
Dogara, represented by the
member representing Lokoja/
Kogi/Koton-Karfe federal
constituency, Buba Jubril, said
training of the management
personnel of the NAS was
paramount in view of the
position they occupy, enjoining
them to deliberate on issues
that will bring efficiency in the
administration of the National
Assembly.

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