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Presidency acknowledges Nigerians going through hardship

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The Presidency, yesterday, disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has accented to 15 bills since the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly.

The Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on National Assembly Matters in the House of Representatives, Umar Ibrahim El Yakub, disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Abuja.

He acknowledged the hardship being experienced in the country, saying the cordial relationship between both arms of government has resulted in policies and programmes being implemented in education, health digital economy and physical infrastructure.

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He commended the House for what he described as “quick and easy” passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill and Electoral Act Amendment Bill.

While reacting to a question, the Special Assistant said the President respects the principle of separation of powers and that his failure to honour the House’s invitation was not out of disrespect to lawmakers but due to exigencies.

He said the cordial relationship between the legislature and the executive arm of government is in the interest of the people as bureaucratic bottlenecks have been reduced.

“We have achieved such a milestone in this partnership and relationship culminating in so many programmes and initiatives of government and policies that have been actualised.

“I make bold to mention and commend the leadership of the National Assembly for returning the budget cycle to January-December. Now, we have a budget that has been implemented fully in 2020 and we are hoping to have the same in 2021, 2022 and 2023,” he added.

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