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Executive must comply with NASS resolutions – Dogara

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Wednesday said apathy by the Executive to the resolutions of the National Assembly was not encouraging.

He asked the Executive to see the Legislature as partners and implement the decisions of the lawmakers.

He, however, said the government of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has not failed Nigerians.

The Speaker, who made the observations at an interactive session with newsmen in Abuja, also debunked insinuations that he was on political exile in the Federal Capital Territory because of a face-off with the Governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar.

Dogara said the disagreement with the governor was not personal but based on the fact that the governor has not lived up to his electoral promises.

The Speaker said: “As to whether we are satisfied with the level of compliance with our resolutions, the answer is no. That is why in the last House we established a committee known as the Committee on Legislative Compliance and the essence of that Committee is to seek to compel compliance with resolutions of the Legislature and the Committee is working.

“They have a record of the resolutions that have been complied with and resolutions that have not been complied with. And for those that have not complied with the resolutions of the National Assembly, what we are trying to do is to give the Committee more bite.

“So it’s something we are aware of and doing everything possible to ensure that there is more compliance with the resolutions of the National Assembly through the instrumentality of that Committee.

“Also, I won’t call the role of the House of Representatives mediation as such, but I said that our principle is cooperation with the Senate so that together we can achieve more cooperation with the Executive. Where we will disagree, we will disagree. But in most areas we should look for ways of cooperating more than fight.”