Saturday, 31 December 2016

What Nigerians Should Expect From NASS In 2017 – Saraki

Senate President Bukola Saraki has unveiled the plans of the legislature for the year 2017.

The Senate president said the federal lawmakers would focus on making more laws that will promote the economy, enhance the budget process and support the fight against corruption.

Dr Saraki gave this indication while speaking with State House correspondents after his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja yesterday.
Saraki said: “In 2017, our attention will be on the economy because that is really a major issue for us as a country. We want to see some of the economic bills put forward passed, to see that there is greater improvement in the budget process in 2017, and to see that the government implements the budget early.

“Also, one of our pet projects is made-in-Nigeria products. We want to see that government continues to support Nigerians in this area so that we can begin to cushion the difficult times Nigerians are going through.

“So, next year is very important to us and I think, on the part of National Assembly, we will continue to give our support to ensure that the right things are done.”

On the fall of Sambisa Forest, the Senate president said it was a sign that Nigeria was making progress on the security front.

“It is a great progress from where we were before. If you look at where we were a year and half ago, the challenges we had in that area for us to recapture the place, I think is a great feat. It shows what we can do as a country when we have the commitment, purpose and the leadership required to do that.

“As we have done that in the north east, I believe the other issue before us is the fight against corruption, the economy, providing jobs, and peace in the Niger Delta,” he said.

He further noted that the senators achieved more in the last three months than they did in the entire year, adding that the National Assembly is settling down and, as such, Nigerians would see many more bills passed for the president to assent.

On the president’s signing of 17 bills into law, Saraki said, “It shows, in part, what we have been able to do in the National Assembly and there are many more bills to come and the president is also responding to them. You are going to see more of that in 2017; there are a lot of bills lined up.”


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