From: Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
Former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida has told the members of the Niger State House of Assembly to ensure that their performance in office is up to the expectations of the people.
He said this yesterday when the legislators paid him a courtesy visit at his Uphill Mansion in Minna, Niger State, where he however tasked the members to initiate people-oriented programs and projects and carry the people along.
Babangida explained that the legislators have been up and doing and have taken their legislative duties very serious.
“I have been looking forward to meeting with you. I am proud to say that you have been doing well. You are meeting our expectations.”
The statesman advised the legislators to ensure a good working relationship with the other arms of government, stating that it would be beneficial to the state.
“We have heard of states having lack of synergy between the arms of government but in Niger state, that should not be your lot. Keep a good working relationship between the legislature, the executive and the judiciary. You have been doing that and I want you to keep it up.”
“You are closer to the people. It is your responsibility to know what the people need and carry them along all the time. Do not leave them outside your projects and programmes.”
Earlier, the Speaker of the Niger state House of Assembly, Honorable Abdullahi Bawa Wuse, said they were paying the former President a visit to get the blessings required to run the legislature and pilot the affairs of the Assembly effectively.
He acknowledged the leadership role Babangida had played outside his tenure as the President of Nigeria, saying his fatherly role has ensured that Nigeria remains indivisible.
“We are here to get the blessing of the father; this is because we know your concern and commitment to the development of this state and Nigeria.
“Outside office, you have done so much more than you did while in office. Your role as a father in the nation has ensured that Nigeria remains indivisible”, he said.