Tag of rubber stamp Senate President laughable, says Lawan
Tag of rubber stamp Senate President laughable, says Lawal
Senate President Ahmad Lawan has dismissed as sentimental and laughable insinuations that the Red Chamber, under his leadership, would be a rubber stamp to the executive arm. He vowed that he would never be a rubber stamp, although he said “we will be there for the executive arm of government all the time in moving this country forward.” Lawan spoke when he received a group, “Women Parliamentarians,” led by Senator Joy Emordi in Abuja. His Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mohammed Isa, quoted him yesterday as saying: “There is no time I will ever be a rubber stamp. Yes, I believe in President Buhari as a person and I believe in my party, the APC, but I believe that our problems as Nigerians are Nigerian problems. “They are neither APC nor PDP problems; they are Nigerian problems that require Nigerian solution. So, we have to work together. “We will be there for the executive arm of government all the time in moving this country forward. “We are going to challenge the executive in a manner that is decent but decisive. As a minister, you have to do your ministerial job well. We will make government appointees to do what is required of them. “We have to deal with the issues confronting us. It is not going to be easy, but we have to build a relationship that has mutual respect, collaboration and partnership. It is achievable. “We are not here for self -serving. We came here with a lot of experience to impact positively in our country. We are here and we will remain focused to make this government work.” Lawan advised women to get more involved in politics, saying: “The political space in the country is wide enough to accommodate our women, but the ball is in their court to take the advantage.” Senator Emordi congratulated the presiding officers and the leadership of the 9th Senate for what she described as smooth transition. She also urged them to use their expertise to improve the condition of Nigerians.