By Lawrence Olaoye
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has given the assurance that the opposition members would be considered in the allocation of committees chairmanship in the Ninth House.
Gbajabiamila gave this assurance yesterday in an interaction with State House Correspondents after a meeting with the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa.
This latest declaration was contrary to the directive given by the National Chairman of the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), sometimes ago where he stated that the leadership of the National Assembly will not concede any position to the opposition.
Specifically asked whether he would carry the opposition members along in the appointment of committee chairmen, Gbajabiamila said “the committees would be unfolded in the next few weeks and you will see how we intend to carry them along . I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag but you can be assured they would be carried along.”
On the relevance of your meeting with the Vice President he said, “It’s official and any meeting with the Vice President is relevant. It is about the economy and how to move the country forward, charting a road map about how to confront the problems that are facing Nigeria today. So these were the issues we discussed. It wasn’t a personal meeting but you can call it a hybrid – between the personal and official but mostly it’s official. How the executive and the legislature can collaborate to make life better for Nigeria and Nigerians.”
Asked what Nigerians are going to see differently from his leadership in the Ninth Assembly, the Speaker said, “Stay tuned. You’ve heard my inaugural speech. We are going to do things differently; we are going to build on whatever the achievements are of the Eighth Assembly and it’s going to be a reformed House. Like I have said, the reform will be fished out in piece meal so as not to shock the system. But they will be reforms that will be for the benefit of the country. We expect the cooperation of all facets of government, including the executive and you – the journalists and including our constituents.”