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N/Assembly, Most Vilified Arm Of Government – Lasun

Posted: Jul 25, 2016 at 6:34 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Ahmed Musa

?Abuja – Hon. Lasun Yusuf, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, has decried what he called “the unfair vilification of the legislature in Nigeria”, saying that the National Assembly is the most criticised institution in the country.

The deputy speaker stated this when he received the National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies led by its National President, Mr. Bankole Bernard, on a courtesy visit.

Mr. Yusuf said: “We have a National Assembly where everybody in Nigeria criticises what we are doing”.

He noted that “people who criticise us are right but you don’t criticise us destructively”.?

He, however, tasked Nigerians and other key stakeholders in the Nigeria project to feel free in approaching the National Assembly with proposals that can help move the country forward through lawmaking.

He also added that the process of making law is time consuming and expensive, stressing that Nigerians should not see the National Assembly as doing nothing.

On diversification of the nation’s economy, the deputy speaker said that issues of tax are not been handled properly, saying, “It is because Nigeria is endowed with natural resources, that is why we are not too keen about tax matters. Anywhere all over the world, tax is the most important thing”.

The deputy speaker, therefore, tasked his association to look at how the new foreign exchange regime is affecting the airline operation in the country.

Speaking earlier, the National President of the Association, Mr. Bankole Benard, told the deputy speaker that his group faces certain challenges which they thought could only be pushed through in collaboration with the National Assembly.

“We have challenges which make us to pitch our tent with your office. What is happening in the aviation sector, some of the airline operators are threatening to leave while some have left”.?

To salvage the situation, he said “there is need for us to have good legislation that will help us achieve greater heights”.

He also appealed that government should help the airlines to make payment in naira not in dollar, saying dollarisation of the aviation sector is not helping the country’s economy.