Dogara restates Reps’ support for anti-graft war




10 months not enough for Buhari to deliver, says Gbajabiamila

Speaker of the House of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has reiterated the resolve of the Eighth session of the House to support the on-going war against corrupt practices in the polity.

Speaking while delivering a speech as guest speaker at the fourth convocation ceremony of Achievers University, Owo, Ondo State at the weekend, he said that there was the need for an enabling environment for the Legislature to live up to its mandate of ensuring good governance in the polity.

Dogara who spoke on the topic: “Legislative oversight as a critical component of good governance,” Dogara maintained that the House of Representatives is in support of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to address the multifaceted problems bedevilling the country.

He said: “The Eighth House of Representatives committed itself to fighting corruption and abuse of office in its legislative agenda and is supporting the government of President Muhammadu Buhari in its effort to eradicate corruption in Nigeria.”

Besides, the Leader of the House, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, has enjoined Nigerians to give President Muhammadu Buhari more time to deliver his campaign promises, saying: “We inherited a rot that there is no way we could come out of it in 10 months.”

Gbajabiamila, who spoke while delivering his acceptance speech after he was bestowed with an honourary doctorate degree in Political Science at the event, justified his assertions, saying there was no way the APC-led administration would have tackled what he termed “the deep hole the nation was pulled into in the last 16 years.”

The House Leader said: “I am aware Nigerians are facing challenges and everybody is complaining but I want us to look at this problem contextually. Let us look at advanced countries like United States (U.S.), it took almost eight years for Obama to take America out of the rots he inherited. It is the same thing that is going on in Nigeria. We inherited a rot that there is no way we could come out of it in 10 months.”

The Speaker particularly identified some of the challenges being faced by legislature in Nigeria to include: lack of co-operation by some ministries, departments and agencies in the Executive branch, public misconception on the mandate, role and activities of the legislature.

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