President-Elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, has pledged to work with the incoming 8th National Assembly as development partners to tackle corruption and scale down drastically, the cost of running government.
Buhari stated this yesterday while addressing a joint session of the re-elected and fresh members of the two chambers of the National Assembly, who are currently undergoing a one-week induction programme organised by the National Institute for Legislative Studies in Abuja.
He specifically urged the elected federal lawmakers to collaborate with him on the budget process and restructuring of the public sector to guarantee transparency.
He noted that the cooperation between him and the legislators would enable both arms of government to collectively tackle the menace of high recurrent cost at the expense of capital and human development.
He lamented that high cost of governance had greatly affected execution of capital projects, human development, and eroding public social services such as infrastructure, health and education.
The president-elect also identified lack of development in the agricultural and solid mineral sectors and therefore urged the lawmakers to appropriate policies that needed to be put in place and translated into laws.
“Distinguished Members of the 8th National Assembly, I see these challenges as the mission of my presidency. I need the support of the Members of the National Assembly on the battle front. I need your support in many respects,” he added.
Buhari asked the federal parliamentarians to take seriously, their oversight functions, which according to him, was critical in ensuring that policies are implemented effectively and transparently.
“My mission to bring integrity into governance would better succeed if complemented with a strong culture of transparent oversight.”