Paul Yovo, Abuja
April 15, 2015 – Newly-elected members of the House of Representatives on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC) have pledged that the new regime will not kill any bill simply because it is sponsored by members of the opposition.
The lawmakers made the plea at the launch of a forum in Abuja to ensure that the next lower chamber witnesses peace and unity.
The Convener of “New House of Reps Members Forum”, Mohammed Mahmud, elected to represent Agaie/Lapai Federal Constituency of Niger Sate said that through the forum, the new legislators will possibly discover many other broader ranges of issues that will impact the House, thereby setting the pace for a unified House ready to hit the ground running.
“From my experience as a veteran in the National Assembly, having served in various capacities since the fourth republic, it is my desire to ensure that the incoming members understand the politics and operations in the House.
“Members will without doubt come to find that they have mutual concerns. Through this secretariat, we intend to create an avenue where these reservations, issues and doubts can be thrashed out”, he said.
He said the forum will break down possible barriers and that it looks forward to developing and expanding working relationships, agreements and proposing solutions to common challenges.
“We intend to make a difference in this new house by charting the course for excellence and breaking down barriers. We look forward to developing and expanding working relationships, agreements, and proposing solutions to common challenges in this secretariat,” he said.
According to him, the forum would be used to provide an opportunity for elected members in the Federal House of Representatives to build relationships, share ideas, information, concerns, create solidarity, and develop collaborative agreements on a wide variety of issues relevant to legislators.
Mahmud stated that there was need to ensure equity and fairness and promote solidarity in the new House.