Senate President, Ahmed Lawan has revealed that the 8th National Assembly’s performance was not up to full capacity.
He disclosed that this is the reason why the 9th Assembly must work harder to ensure they make up for “lost ground.”
Ahmed was the Senate Majority Leader in the 8th Assembly which had a weak relationship with the executive arm of government.
His words, “The expectations from Nigerians is a National Assembly that is very focused, united, patriotic and nationalistic; and that is by the grace of God, the National Assembly that we shall have.
“If there is anyone that is deficient, it will cost the system some setbacks. So, we are going to work very hard, we would like to catch up the lost ground over the last four years. I am sure we did not perform to our capacity as a National Assembly in the last Assembly. This time round, we want to perform to full capacity and by the grace of God, Nigerians will see a positive difference in terms of delivery of service to our country men and women.”
“We’ll pass the budget within three months by the grace of God. But, I want to say here that it takes two sides of government to pass the budget in good time, and I am sure that the executive side will like to present the budget before the National Assembly in good time – in September or early October, and by the grace of God, we in the National Assembly will ensure that we carry out the budget defence and do the remaining parts of the processes.
Before we leave for Christmas break, the budget would have been passed and Mr President would have the budget before him to sign.”