President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, received in audience the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila at the State House, Abuja.
According to a statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), Garba Shehu, the meeting, which lasted for almost an hour, was characterised by an engaging discussion on a range of key issues of National importance particularly the role of the Legislature as a critical component in supporting their common goal and commitment towards improving the lives of the people of Nigeria.
At the meeting, the presidential spokesperson noted that Buhari made it clear that ministers and all heads of Departments and Agencies should not undermine the National Assembly as an institution, its leadership and members.
“In the course of their conversation, recent events at the National Assembly were highlighted and the President reemphasized his utmost respect for the National Assembly, adding that any disrespect to the institution by any member of the executive branch will not be accepted,” Shehu said.
“Ministers and all heads of Departments and Agencies should at all times conduct themselves in ways that will not undermine the National Assembly as an institution, its leadership and members.
“The President and the leaders of the National Assembly recognised and acknowledged that the Executive and Legislative arms of government are essential partners in the fulfillment of their mutually aligned goal of improving the lives of the Nigerian people.”
Earlier on Thursday, the acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Kemebradikumo Pondei, walked out on a panel set up by the House of Representatives to investigate the commission.
Also, Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, and lawmakers recently engaged in an altercation over the recruitment of 774,000 Nigerians for the Special Works Programme.