We'd Be Firm With Oversight Functions; Senate Warns Ministers
Senate President Ahmed Lawan says the upper legislature will be "firm" with its oversight duties over the forty three ministers that have been confirmed.
Lawan made this declaration at the Senate Plenary following the confirmation of the forty three Ministerial Nominees sent to it by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Speaking after the confirmation, Lawan warned the Ministers to be ready to appear before the various adhoc committees of the Senate when needed.
He urged the Ministers who have been confirmed to be "prepared to work with the Senate and indeed the National Assembly."
"What we want to achieve is to have a relationship that is based on mutual respect and truth," Lawan said.
"Once a Minister is invited for oversight or any committee activity, I will advise that such a minister attends to the committee because we mean well for this country," the Senate President added.
Lawan warned that the upper legislative arm of government will no longer take lightly, non-apperance of ministers invited by the Senate.
Lawan said: "time should have been over for people to be invited and not to appear before National Assembly Committees."
"While we're not going to be frivolous, we're going to be firm, we are going to be serious with our oversight."
The Senate President also expressed the resolve of the National Assembly to "work with the Executive Arm of government," to ensure the implementation of "government programmes and projects."