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Ekiti rep says National Assembly not Buhari’s pawn

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House of Representatives member for Ekiti Central Constituency II, Mrs. Wumi Ogunlola, has denied insinuations that the ninth National Assembly members are not pawns in the hands of President Muhammadu Buhari, clarifying that not all requests from the president get the legislature’s nod.She told journalists in Ijero-Ekiti yesterday that both the executive and legislative arms of government needed an atmosphere of peace to operate for the country to witness over all development.

According to the All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmaker, Nigerians must not assess the performance of the National Assembly with the number of times they disagreed with the president.

Her words, “I don’t think all that comes to the National Assembly from the executive are approved. That is not correct. If you knew what they brought and what was given back to them, either reducing or adding to them, it wasn’t the same thing. In other words, the National Assembly took some steps.“I want to believe that it is in peace that we can really forge ahead; it is not when we are at loggerheads. I think it is the media that believe that it’s only when you fight or disagree that you are really playing politics or administering government, whereas it is not.

“If we have misunderstanding, there would always be a roundtable to forge ahead. The word ‘rubber stamp’ is a journalistic language.” While expressing displeasure over the low representation of women in leadership positions, she called for re-orientation of the women folk across the country to see the need for them to support their own.“Women are not being given the privilege, especially some of us in small positions of authority. Things have not really changed; in fact, they are retrogressing.

“When it comes to representation, women are not given the numbers they should be given, either in the elective or appointive positions. For instance, the time we used to complain of this then at the National Assembly, we had over 20 per cent; but now, in the Senate, we have six, House of Representatives is 12. It’s unfortunate and absurd, especially when we compare it to other countries.

“We can only hope and pray, that is the only solace. When efforts fail, the normal thing is to resort to prayer,” she said.She assured her constituents of her determination to sponsor motions and bills in the new year that would enhance their socio-economic lives.


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