Bukola Saraki has begged the executive and legislative arms of government not to allow the 2019 politicking overshadow the larger work of governance.
Saraki also advised all elected officers to avoid acts capable of distracting them from delivering on their mandate to the people.
“This is my appeal: it is too early for 2019 politicking to override the legislative agenda and the larger work of governance,” Saraki began.
“We have begun a good thing with the economic core of our agenda; let us see it to its proper conclusion. It would be most insensitive to the needs of the people of this country if we were to do otherwise.
“I am directing this appeal not only to us in the chamber but to the National Assembly as a whole, as well as to the Executive and indeed all political actors.
“Distinguished colleagues, let me opine that 2018 will be defined by the collaboration between the two chambers of the 8th National Assembly as regards the number of items due for concurrence.
“We must work to build on the very cordial relationship between the two chambers as witnessed so far, and elevate the level of cooperation, for the benefit the people.
“To this end, I urge you all to reach out to our counterparts in the House, so that we can fulfil the lawmaking function in the most expeditious manner. This will help streamline the process – and clear the way for the passing of various legislations – making for improved synergy and joined-up working between the two chambers,” the Senate President said.
“We seek the cooperation and understanding of Nigerians as we try to get to the bottom of the fuel scarcity. My own estimation of the fuel scarcity phenomenon is that it is man-made. We thought we had left the problem of fuel queues firmly in the past in this country, but sadly, that appears not to be the case.”
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