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2016 Budget: NASS will ensure citizens’ participation - Saraki

11 February 2016, 08:32

Abuja - President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has reiterated the commitment of the National Assembly in ensuring that Nigerians participated fully in the process leading to the passage of the 2016 Appropriation Bill.

He made this known while addressing Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and other stakeholder at the maiden edition of the National Assembly Interactive Sessions held in Abuja on Wednesday.

Saraki said the session, which was basically on the 2016 budget was part of effort of the 8th Senate to ensure that Nigerians were fully involved in the workings of the legislature for accountability and transparency.

"Everyone here will agree we have come here today with the determination and resolve to ensure increased citizen participation in the processes that govern our activities here at the legislature."

"The National Assembly is actively working towards repositioning its efforts."

"These steps, though not as complete as some of you may want, and the endeavours, which may not be as perfect as all of us may wish, are well intended."

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"It is intended to ensure that this National Assembly works for and on behalf of every Nigerian, and for the present and future successes of our collective ‘Nigerian Project."

Saraki said that besides inclusivity, the national assembly was determined to ensure timely delivery and passage of bills, support for reformation programmes of the current administration and economic planning processes.

He said though Nigeria had faced several challenges since the return of democracy in 1999, the 8th national assembly would work towards actualizing a more effective federal system of governance.

According to him, a close examination of the budgets of the past 16 years shows that the ineffective implementation and abandonment of projects have caused excessive wastages in the country.

Saraki said that his leadership had ensured the adoption of ‘Legislative Agenda’, a project meant to establish the parameters and focus for representative duties over the next four years.

He explained that the agenda would help to establish a binding framework through which CSOs, development partners and other professional bodies could collaborate and cooperate with the legislature.

"The National Assembly has stepped up its oversight functions to ensure that funds are spent on what they are earmarked for."

"Furthermore, as economic diversification is crucial to the success of our economy, we are working to pass laws that will boost internally generated revenue."

"This will be done by plugging loopholes that exist in our system, and encouraging small and medium-scale business owners in our communities," he said.



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