Fidel Agu, Abuja:The Chairman, Senate Committee on Information and National Orientation, Senator Suleiman Adokwe has advised Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to interact more with the National Assembly in the interest of a more harmonious relationship and conducive legislative environment for MDAs.
Senator Adokwe of NASS who gave the counsel when the Director General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Garba Abari, paid him a courtesy visit at the National Assembly, commended the NOA for the initiative which he described as unique, considering the fact that most MDAs do not see the need to visit the Senate. He explained that the more the interaction between organs of government and the legislature, the more mutual understanding there would be and the smoother the wheels of progress will move.
He said “Even when the legislature invites MDAs to come and explain certain issues, they see it as a war… We are not enemies. We are supposed to be collaborators to deliver good governance and national development”. He therefore urged other MDAs to emulate the NOA by visiting the National Assembly to discuss NASS legislative issues affecting them.
The senator also expressed hope that NOA will be well funded to enable if effectively discharge its mandate and especially communicate the “Change Begins with Me” social reorientation programme of government successfully to all Nigerians.