Osinbajo Heads Panel to Resolve Face-off with Senate

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The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has been asked to chair a committee with a mandate to interface with the Senate over the ongoing face-off with the executive.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Information and Culture,  Lai Mohammed, at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday.

The minister said the committee consists of ministers who were former senators or members of House of Representatives and the presidential liaison officers, among others.

He said the executive arm of government was concerned about the frosty relationship between the two arms of government.

“In any democracy, it is a continuous struggle for balancing between the Executive and the Legislature because each of them are creatures of the law.

“We must strive at all times to ensure that there is that balance, amity and smooth relationship.

“Just today at the Federal Executive Council meeting, the issue was discussed and a committee is already working on ensuring that we resolve all these outstanding issues” he said.

The Senate had stepped down confirmation of the 27 nominees for the Independent National Electoral Commission’s Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) until the President relieves the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC),  Ibrahim Magu, of his appointment following his rejection by the lawmakers.

Magu’s nomination as substantive chairman of EFCC was rejected twice by the Senate on grounds of indicting security reports by the  Department of State Services (DSS).

The senate is also engaged in a long drawn battle with Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, Col Hameed Ali (rtd), over a new policy on import duty for vehicles and his refusal to wear the uniform.