Presidency seeks cooperation with Senators, Reps

BY HENRY UMORU

Abuja — IN its effort to strengthen the relationship between the executive and legislative branches of government, the Presidency is organising the first ever national conference on Executive-Legislature relationship.

The two day conference drawing international speakers is being organised under the aegis of the office of the Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly.

A statement by Senator Joy Emodi, Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly, explained that it was the first of its kind in Nigeria as she noted that it would add to the knowledge Senators and members of the House of Representatives have, even as she stressed that the conference will go a long way in reducing friction between the two arms.

The event which will be declared open by President Goodluck Jonathan, with Senate President David Mark as Special Guest and all Senators and House of Representatives members in attendance, will hold in Abuja from April 24 – 25, at the International Conference Centre.

The conference which has as its theme, ‘Strengthening Executive-Legislature Collaboration in Governance’, is aimed at boosting the capacity of the Legislature and Executive in the area of inter-governmental relations.

‘’It is designed to add to the knowledge of the participants on topical issues such as executive-legislature relationship, the powers of the executive and the legislature for effective national budgeting and implementation, the opposition in parliament, and the relationship between parliamentary majority, the party and the executive, ‘’ Emodi said.

Among the Speakers are the former Speaker of the South African National Assembly and former Deputy President of South Africa and current Chairmanship of African National Congress, ANC, Ms Baleka Mbete; the Minority Leader in the Jamaican Parliament, Andrew Michael Holness; former senator in the US Senate, Senator Norman Coleman, among others.

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