PENGASSAN cautions National Assembly on probes
Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has called on the National Assembly to concentrate on its primary duty of making functional laws for the country instead of probing issues and institutions and save Nigerians from emotional stress and depression.
According to PENGASSAN, the lawmakers have turned probing and paneling into their major oversight function instead of making laws that will be of benefit to all Nigerians and the Nigerian nation.
The association argued that all you hear about both chambers of the National Assembly now is probe and nothing else.
The association said that there are many bills awaiting passage on the floors of the Senate and the House of Representatives of the National Assembly, which were left unattended to because of the legislators’ flair for probes, while Nigerians have been giving the need to enact laws that will aid purposeful management of Nigeria resources and government.
“We have many bills that can be of benefit to the Nigeria economy on the floors of the two chambers of the National Assembly that are unattended to. These bills need urgent attention to be passed into laws to improve the welfare and well being of Nigerians,” the association added.
Bills that need urgent attention of the legislators listed by PENGASSAN include the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), and the Medical and Health Insurance Bill among others.
“All we hear about the National Assembly are probes and probes. What about the laws they were voted into the National Assembly to make. There are so many bills that can improve the nation’s economy, enhance foreign direct investments into the country, and improve the nation’s education and health systems, which need their urgent attention.
“Presently, the country’s security is in a precarious situation with threat to the existence of Nigeria as one indivisible nation. We think the oversight function of the legislators is to ensure that the ugly situation we find ourselves in this country does not arise but not to be crying over spilled milk as they are doing now,” it added.
PENGASSAN said that in the first place, the honourable House of Representatives can give the Nigerian citizens more desired results by putting machinery in place that will not allow the alleged frauds or mismanagements of funds instead of allowing it to happen before the noise.
ON Lawan Farouk Gate and the oil probe, the trade union advised the National assembly to stop further interference and probing of the bribery saga, adding that the legislators should allow government agencies and anti-corruption bodies saddled with the responsibility prosecuting offenders and fighting corruption to do their job.
It further said, “The level of involvement of the collector of a bribe with duress, blackmail and intimidation cannot be compared with the giver. People are using the benefit of their office to exploit impatience Nigerians.
“When you are subjected to frustration and your business or investment or necessary documentation to do your job is withheld, most Nigerians become impatient and are thus forced to part with a chunk of their hard earn money.
“The National Assembly should the security agencies and judiciary to do their job. The legislators should not unnecessarily protect their own.”