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Reps Hold Valedictory Session As Tambuwal Bows Out

…Says Frosty Relationship Between Executive, House Embarrassing

Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja

House of Representatives yesterday held a special valedictory session to mark the end of the 7th Assembly as the outgoing Speaker Aminu Tambuwal formally bowed out of legislative business having won the gubernatorial seat in Sokoto State in the last general elections. Speeches from the different caucuses of the House by their representatives were filled with emotions as they reminisced on the past achievements of the 7th Assembly, praising the outgoing speaker for his leadership qualities.

In his remarks, Tambuwal expressed his happiness over the fact that the 7th Assembly despite its achievements was run without a scandal. The Sokoto governor elect who said valedictory sessions in the house is not a day of laughter but a day of emotions and tears emphasised that there is still the task of making the general public to appreciate legislators and the House as a whole. “Tears are shed for the still birth of important Bills, Motion and Tasks but above all tears are shed on account of the awful feeling of yet bequeathing an institution largely misunderstood and marginally appreciated by the polity”.

According to him, tears of joy will also be shed in acknowledgement of triumph in power, unity and purpose which is perhaps the greatest legacy of the of the 7th Assembly . While he commended the Senate President, David Mark for his sense for common purpose noted that the House of Representatives in relationship with the Senate on legislative businesses had mutual respect. “The Seventh House enjoyed a very robust relationship of mutual respect and sense of common purpose with the Senate throughout this four year period. I take this opportunity to most highly commend the President of the Senate, His Excellency Distinguish Senator David Alechenu Bornaventure Mark for this show of leadership.

“I equally commend all Distinguish Senators of the Seventh Senate for the spirit of common purpose exhibited all through the years, “he said. He said that the frosty relationship between that existed between the Executive and the 7th House was a unnecessary distraction and embarrassment to the nation adding that, “If the executive fails to recognise the independence of the legislature and expects that it is its rubber stamp then frosty relation is bound to follow” Tambuwal said that despite the fact that most goals of the house was not achieved, it was not that attempts were not made.

He said that that in the last four years the nation has witnessed the consolidation of the legislature and growth in the democracy adding that the 2015 elections will go down in Nigerian history as one of the finest moments. On his part, Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha tasked the incoming 8th House to maintain the independence of the legislature adding that the task of nation building must be accomplished. “We must continue to build the Nigeria, we want it to be, “he said.

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