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8th Senate pledges to work closely with civil society

17 June 2015, 13:01

Abuja - The eighth Senate will work closely with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to enhance the development of the country, Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has assured.

He gave the assurance while addressing members of the Civil Society Group (CSOs), who have paid him a courtesy visit in his office at the National Assembly complex in Abuja.

Saraki said that the upper chamber of the National Assembly was ready to work harmoniously with such groups, adding that their engagements would drive the developmental goals of the present administration.

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 the dividend of democracy will be felt by the people,” Saraki said.

He urged the CSOs to be more proactive and constructive in their approach to issues.

Also read: Tinubu moves against Saraki over Senate Presidency

“I recognise the importance of such in a nascent democracy. You have done creditably well so far. On our part 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 said.

The Senate President assured that the Senate under his leadership will be steadfast and improve on 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.”

Convener of the CSOs, Clem Nwankwo, promised to work with the National Assembly with the notion of evolving issue-based legislations, avoiding unnecessary bickering and confrontation in order to achieve a stable and conducive platform for the nation's democracy to thrive.

- CAJ News


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