Saraki un­veils 22 months Se­nate agenda

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By Is­mail Mu­dashir

Se­nate Pres­i­dent Bukola Saraki, yes­ter­day un­veiled the 22 months agenda of the 8th Se­nate, say­ing they will fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing the coun­try’s in­fra­struc­ture deficit through ap­pro­pri­ate leg­is­la­tion.

Saraki in a state­ment by his me­dia aide, Yusuph Olaniy­onu said Se­nate will look at more bills aimed at repo­si­tion­ing the na­tional econ­omy, so as to en­able it ad­dress the ris­ing unem­ploy­ment and strengthen Nige­ria’s democ­racy through leg­isla­tive over­sight on gov­ern­ment es­tab­lish­ments.

He added that other is­sues that would pre-oc­cupy the Se­nate are the need to en­trench trans­parency in gov­er­nance at all lev­els, cre­at­ing uni­ver­sal health cov­er­age law and strength­en­ing the in­sti­tu­tion of the Se­nate by en­sur­ing that peo­ple be­gin to un­der­stand the role of par­lia­ment in gov­ern­ing of the na­tion.

“From day one, this Se­nate had its own leg­isla­tive agenda. You will see that some of the things we have been do­ing are work­ing our way through this agenda, in or­der to cross items off our list and de­liver on our promised change. This has al­lowed us to treat more pe­ti­tions than any other par­lia­ment in our na­tion’s his­tory, and pass more bills at the mid-term mark.

“This is why, as we re­turn in Septem­ber, we will be fi­nal­iz­ing on our in­fra­struc­ture and so­cial in­ter­ven­tion pieces of leg­is­la­tion. These are laws that will not only make it eas­ier for small and medium en­ter­prises across the na­tion to do busi­ness. We will make laws that would cre­ate am­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties for all Nige­ri­ans to re­al­ize their po­ten­tials.

“Ad­di­tion­ally, the host com­mu­nity com­po­nent of the Petroleum In­dus­try Bill (PIB) which looks at the eco­log­i­cal debt in­curred against com­mu­ni­ties, where petroleum ex­plo­ration hap­pens, and the com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion and se­cu­rity of these com­mu­ni­ties will also be on the front-burner of our af­fairs. This is some­thing Nige­ri­ans can watch out for.

“Sim­i­larly, the in­dus­try ad­min­is­tra­tion com­po­nent of the PIB, which seeks to open up the in­dus­try for in­vest­ment and growth, as well as cre­ate the much­needed ex­pan­sion of the in­dus­try by al­low­ing new en­trants into the op­er­a­tions of the in­dus­try is now at the com­mit­tee stage at the Se­nate. We will work to quickly pass the bill”, Saraki said.

The Se­nate Pres­i­dent em­pha­sized that even though the Se­nate only had less than 22-months to com­plete its term, with sev­eral noteworthy achieve­ments al­ready recorded, it would not take its foot off the pedal.

“Yes, a lot has been done. How­ever, many of the pos­i­tive ef­fects of our work might still take some time to be felt. This is why we will con­tinue to keep push­ing and keep press­ing for the peo­ple that we rep­re­sent. So that one day, they will look back and say that “Yes, truly, the 8th Se­nate re­ally worked hard for us.”

Photo: NAN

A cross-sec­tion of The Apos­tolic Faith Church Choir and Orches­tra at the 2017 Camp meet­ing con­cert at the Church Taber­na­cle, Igbesa in Ogun on Sat­ur­day night.

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