The President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, yesterday, urged the management of the National Assembly to make accountability and transparency its guiding principle, to enable the legislature play a role in achieving a diversified and sustainable economy. According to a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, Saraki, in his speech at the opening session of a retreat for the management staff of the National Assembly in Lokoja, Kogi State, urged the leadership of the bureaucracy of the apex assembly to come up with solutions that would positively enhance the work of lawmakers at all times.
He said that it had become imperative for the management to step up its game as the 8th National Assembly strives to support the executive in realizing a well developed and inclusive economy.
“As we all know, this is a critical time for us as a nation. We are going through difficult times, recession, security issues, widespread hunger, unemployment, incessant rises in inflation, dwindling opportunities.
“The nation looks up to the National Assembly for direction and to provide opportunities for our people. It has become quite apparent to us that it is no longer business as usual.
“It is against this background, that it is imperative that management is fit for the task ahead of us and lives up to its responsibilities – to deliver coherent, effective, and efficient support as we pursue our vision for the development of the Nigerian economy into one of the most diversified and very inclusive economies in Africa,” he said.
While thanking the organizers of the retreat, Saraki noted that the National Assembly was established not only as the highest law-making institution in the country but also as the enabler of the executive to provide for the welfare and security of the people.
“At no time in our history has the need for synergy of purpose and drive to embrace and give full effect to this obligation been more acute than now,” Saraki said: “The present National Assembly is fully committed to this obligation and it is in you (management) that we will rely on to play our role effectively.”
He further noted that the overarching goal of the current National Assembly was to place the Nigerian economy on the path to sustainable growth, poverty elimination, economic opportunities, deal squarely with corruption and tackle injustices in Nigeria. He said that the 8th National Assembly attached priority importance on the efficacy of staff productivity as veritable assets towards achieving its agenda.
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