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