Be loyal to Nigeria, not party, NLC tells National Assembly
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has congratulated the 10th National Assembly for seamlessly electing the leaders of the two chambers, urging them that their loyalty should be to the nation and those that elected them and not to the party or the executive.
A statement signed by the NLC Acting President, Adewale Adeyanju, yesterday, said other interests should be surbodinated to the national interests at all times.
The Congress warned that the National Assembly, which is not an extension of the Executive, has its role of lawmaking, investigation and oversight clearly defined by the Constitution.
It stated that an impression has been created that the National Assembly is an assembly of deals, neither in the interest of the people nor the nation but for the members.
The NLC said it expects the 10th National Assembly to work assiduously to correct the impression.
According to it, the lawmakers must learn to be satisfied with the allowances approved for them by the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) as a demonstration of lending themselves to checks and minimising the cost of maintaining them.
It said the citizenry are anxious to see the cost of maintaining the parliament and the executive pruned down to a level they could live with.
While congratulating the new Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, and other principal officers, the Congress urged them to be guided not by primordial sentiments but the oath of office they took.
“We need laws that will deepen and strengthen our democracy, especially in relation to elections, governance, accountability and citizen participation.
“The Nigeria Labour Congress and other Nigerians have great expectations of this Assembly and there is cause for this, its diversity as a source of strength,” it said.
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