Lawan: A messenger of concord @62
By Ola Awoniyi
Excessive political workplace is surrounded on all sides by distractions. Expertise greatest teaches this. It’s not sufficient to take into the workplace a imaginative and prescient and a mission, you will discover as soon as there, sufficient to take you off observe, to check your character and agenda. Many failed not as a result of they weren’t ready or well-meaning. They did as a result of they not noticed the goalpost as soon as they discovered themselves on the taking part in area.
Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan is seemingly acutely aware of that actuality. He believes a political chief should stand for one thing, to information and focus their time and power. A frontrunner who doesn’t stand for one thing falls for something. And such is definitely distracted. As a result of Lawan stands for one thing, he has resolutely targeted on what took him from the ivory tower into politics and on all that he believes in as a public servant.
Since his emergence because the 14th President of the Nigerian Senate in June 2019, Senator Lawan’s stand on any subject is an open e-book. His candour implies that he takes a agency place even on controversial points. And he defends his positions with out taking part in to the gallery or concern of a backlash. Such is known as braveness of conviction.
Take the proposition in Nigeria for a part-time or unicameral Legislature on the nationwide stage. The proponents have been usually led to it by what they hear concerning the “jumbo pay” of federal lawmakers and the ‘beneficiant’ funding of the Nationwide Meeting. Lawan, not too way back, challenged them to a public debate.
“I’m not right here to defend the Nationwide Meeting however I’m right here to encourage a debate on what the Nationwide Meeting means to us as a rustic or what our legislature means to us as a rustic and as a folks. If you happen to don’t just like the set of members within the Ninth Nationwide Meeting, change all of us in 2023. Get higher folks however assist help the system to operate as a result of that’s your safety,” Lawan stated at an in-house occasion in Abuja. Sadly, nobody has picked up the gauntlet for a wholesome nationwide dialog on the difficulty.
Within the Senate, Lawan’s management fashion initiatives him as solely the primary amongst equals. He all the time assert that he owes his emergence because the President of the Ninth Senate to the Grace of God and the votes of his colleagues throughout get together traces. And that has been his energy and guideline in his roles because the presiding officer within the Senate. His focus has been to foster concord amongst his distinguished colleagues within the Higher Chamber in order that they will deploy their time and energies to working collectively for Nigerians and the great of their nation.
That is evident within the seamless passage of payments and adoption of resolutions on important nationwide points. Within the Ninth Senate, each member is aware of they’ve the freedom to specific their views but in addition a accountability to respect the views of others. That has created for them a pleasant work setting the place respect begets respect.
Lawan can be a agency believer within the crucial of inter-chamber cooperation. Even because the Chairman of the Nationwide Meeting, Lawan refers back to the Speaker of Home of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, as his “brother and good friend.” That should clarify why they usually discover a widespread floor on key nationwide points. And that additionally accounts for the sleek passage of important payments via their two chambers.
Lawan can be satisfied of the advantage of a harmonious relationship between the Legislature and the Govt. This has drawn him generally caustic criticisms however he has stood his floor and is unapologetic.
The advantages of concord between the 2 elected arms of presidency are there for goal eyes to see from the previous one and a half years. It has bred mutual respect among the many arms and reciprocity in the best way every treats submissions from the opposite. Govt proposals at the moment are handled with out undue delay whereas Payments handed by the Nationwide Meeting are receiving immediate presidential assent. That wasn’t the story earlier than the ninth Meeting.
Signing the 2021 Appropriation Invoice into an Act on the eve of the New 12 months, President Muhammadu Buhari revealed that the 2020 price range achieved 97.7 efficiency, regardless of the unexpected havoc of Covid-19. This unprecedented success was facilitated by the early passage of the appropriation invoice by parliament and the immediate assent given it by the President. There may be affordable expectation that the 2021 price range will carry out even higher, having turn out to be regulation earlier than the beginning of the yr. Up to now, budgets drag into the center of the yr and routinely recorded low efficiency.
Lawan won’t deviate from a path that has led to apparent progress. Having gained a lot expertise within the parliament, he doesn’t need the risk to governance posed by pointless confrontation between the Legislature and the Govt. He has opted to advertise concord in governance for the great of the folks.
And he has taken his message of concord past the gates of parliament and authorities and out to the bigger political area. Solely final month, he appealed to the Southeast geopolitical zone to proceed to work with the opposite zones in direction of and past 2023 in constructing the Nigeria of our widespread goals.
The Senate President canvassed nationwide unity at Igbere in Abia State the place he was honoured with a chieftaincy title. Lawan made it clear on the occasion that each a part of Nigeria is required to make the nation work.
Hear him: “Let’s unite ourselves on this state and certainly within the Southeast. Let’s face widespread agenda of being within the middle of Nigeria. In truth, let’s even try and be the leaders of Nigeria as a result of it’s a legitimate aspiration.
“Let’s not keep away from being a part of the true middle of motion in Nigeria. That we will obtain after we sit collectively and discuss amongst ourselves. Time is of essence. Nigeria wants all of us to be united. Nigeria wants all palms to be on the deck. Nigeria wants the hassle of every half to make it work and we will make it work.”
The Yobe State-born politician is offering purposeful management on the Nationwide Meeting and serving to in constructing an setting conducive for nationwide improvement. That is only a tribute to want him a cheerful 62nd birthday.
***Awoniyi is Particular Adviser on Media to the Senate President
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