(2019) The Nigeria that Works Movement, a civil society organisation, on Friday urged the 9th National Assembly to ensure a smooth and robust working relationship with the executive to facilitate good governance in the country.
The group’s Convener, Mrs Olayemi Olaniyi, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.
Olaniyi said that with the newly elected legislative leaders being members of the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC), there should be no excuse for inadequate service delivery.
“We expect a smooth and robust working relationship this time around devoid of hindrances, subversion and excuses between the executive and the legislature.
“The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria clearly spells out the roles and jurisdiction of each arm of government. So, they should work within the ambit of their roles and responsibilities.
“Both arms should comply and must have respect for the rule of law and respect each other’s jurisdiction.
“They have to avoid bulk passing and unnecessary confrontations,” she said.
Olaniyi also urged the 9th National Assembly and the Executive to embrace each other and be open to constructive criticisms, saying it is a necessary ingredient in a democratic setting.
“Both arms have to discharge their duties effectively and efficiently, and also know that separation of power emphasises power interdependence and not supremacy of one arm over the other,” she said.