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8th Assembly under Bukola Saraki did not perform to capacity – Senate President Lawan

Ahmed Lawan

Ahmed Lawan, the President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, while speaking to journalists at the Presidential Villa in Abuja said that the 8th National Assembly did not perform up to maximum capacity.

“I am sure we did not perform to our capacity as a National Assembly in the last Assembly,” Lawan who joined President Muhammadu Buhari at the Villa Mosque stated.

He noted that the 9th National Assembly under him must work harder and be united to cover lost ground.

“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,” he said.

Lawan was the Senate Majority Leader in the 8th Assembly under the leadership of Senate President Bukola Saraki.

The emergence of Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara as the leaders of 8th NASS caused disagreements between the Legislative Arm and the Executive.

Senate President Bukola Saraki
Senate President Bukola Saraki

Lawan however noted that under him the legislature would perform its duties in full capacity to ensure that it meets the expectations of Nigerians.

“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.”

The Senate President also spoke about the time it takes to pass national budgets. Lawan promised that the 9th Assembly will ensure the budget is passed within 3 months.

He noted that the legislature under his leadership would ensure speedy passage. Adding however that to achieve speedy budget passage is a collaborative effort which also involves the executive.

“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,” he said.

“After that for example, every minister or head of agency who did not come to defend the budget of that institution, the National Assembly would go ahead to work on such a budget appropriately,” he added.

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