Chris Steven, Abuja
President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, has assured Nigerians that the 8th Senate will be people-centered Senate where interest and welfare of average Nigerians will be paramount.
Senator Saraki said: “As duly elected representatives of the people, we will work closely with every stakeholder in our onerous task of building a prosperous, secured and egalitarian society where dividends of democracy will be felt by the people.”
Speaking while addressing members of Civil Society Groups, who paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Abuja on Tuesday, the President of the Senate, reassured that the Senate is ready to work harmoniously with the groups adding that their engagement will fastback the developmental goals of this administration.
He urged the groups to be more proactive and constructive in their approach to issues, “I recognize the importance of the Civil Society Organization in nascent democracy. You have done creditably well so far.
“On our parts as legislators, we will be open, transparent and accept to work together as a team in order to transform our abundant resources to the betterment of Nigeria and Nigerians.” he stressed.
Senator Saraki assured Nigerians that the Senate under his leadership will be steadfast and improve in our oversight functions, “the budget processes will be transparent, we will continue to prevent revenue leakages and enact laws that are relevant to the welfare of the people.”
In his remarks, the Convener of the Groups, Clem Nwankwo commended the successes recorded in the election of the leadership of the Senate and that of the House of Representatives adding that independence of Nigeria legislature will expedite growth and development in every sphere of governance.
He solicited the support and partnership of the National Assembly while highlighting areas of cogent interest such as bills on; People living with disability, Electoral Acts as Amended, PIB and the Constitutional Amendment which he prayed the Senate to ensure effective implementation.
Nwankwo further promise to work with the National Assembly with the notion of embracing issue-based legislation, avoid unnecessary bickering and confrontation in order to achieve a stable and conducive platform for our democracy to strive.