Bukola Saraki, former President of the Senate and leader of the eighth National Assembly (NASS), complained that the role of the legislative branch of government has not yet been fully appreciated in the world.
The former lawmaker, who spoke on Tuesday, June 30, during the International day of parliamentarism, said that this institution remains the most” incomprehensible ” branch of government among young people.
According to him, people’s “false assumption” about the effectiveness of the Parliament is that it is the youngest of the three branches of government.
“The usual role of the Parliament is still not appreciated by the public. And that is why people’s expectations and judgments about the effectiveness of the Parliament are falsely justified, ” said Saraki, who represented Kwara Central. Speaking further, the former lawmaker said that unlike the Executive branch, lawmakers are not required by law to build roads and provide social facilities.
Saraki stressed that the role of lawmakers is vital for maintaining the principles of democracy. The former Governor of kwara state and leader of the opposition people’s democratic party (PDP) also noted that the purpose of the legislature is to use the law to make changes that promote and ensure the well-being and security of people.
Meanwhile, it was reported that the leadership of the ninth National Assembly lifted restrictions on the relationship between the legislative and Executive branches of government headed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Ahmed Lawan, the Senate President and NASS leader, said Federal lawmakers and the Executive are on “the same page.
He further explained that while this helped bring the country’s political leadership to a calm state, it does not mean that lawmakers are “rubber-stamped” as a maneuver.
Lawan made this disclosure as part of events marking one year of the ninth NASS.
The Assembly was inaugurated on June 11, 2019, after Lawan received 79 votes to beat Mohammad Ali Ndume to the Respected Senate leadership.