OrderPaperToday – The newly appointed Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives), Mr. Ibrahim El-Yakub officially resumed work on Thursday at the National Assembly.
Following the resignation of Mr. Kawu Sumaila as the SSA President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Mr. El-Yakub as his replacement.
Mr. El-Yakub’s first point of call was at the office of the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, who welcomed him and assured him of a smooth working relationship as it was with his predecessor.
Dogara said: “We are going to support you the same way we supported your predecessor. We might belong to different political parties but that does not mean we should not live up to our responsibility because that’s what we are here to do.
“The letter of your appointment has been transmitted to us, and you are part of us so we can not reject you. You can see, we have already commenced work on the minimum wage bill even without you lobbying us. We might fight over issues but that shouldn’t separate us.
“We must embrace the spirit of comradeship because a lot of people out there have a wrong perception of national assembly members that we are very rich but I can tell you that most of us when we leave here we find it difficult to even maintain our houses here in Abuja”.
Responding, Mr. El-Yacub thanked the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara for his magnanimity and assured of a cordial relationship between the executive and the legislature.
“First of all, I would like to thank Mr. President for finding it worthy to appoint me into this position. I would also like to thank Mr. Speaker for accepting to support me. I must say the relationship between the executive and the national assembly has been very cordial.
“As you can see, the letter on the bill on minimum wage that I transmitted to NASS just yesterday has already received maximum attention. I would also like to pledge my support for a peaceful relationship so that more laws can be made for the good governance of Nigerians.”
Mr. El-Yakub was accompanied by his counterpart in the Senate, Senator Eta Enang and some former lawmakers.