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Senate to reconvene to discuss pressing issues

26 June 2015, 07:35Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has assured that the Senate would reconvene before the adjourned date to consider any matter of urgent national importance or to attend to any national assignment requiring its attention.

He said the adjournment of Senate's plenary to July 21 was meant to give the Senate Ad-Hoc Committees on Legislative Agenda and Review of the Senate's Finances time to conclude their work and submit their reports.

The two committees were given one-week to submit their reports.

“The Senate assured that it will reconvene at any time before the adjourned date to consider any matter of urgent national importance or to attend to any national assignment requiring its attention,” Saraki said.

Meanwhile, the National Assembly had slashed its 2015 budget to N120 billion from N150 billion as a result of dwindling Federal Government's revenue.

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According to Senate President, the cut was part of the National Assembly's belt-tightening measures in view of the current economic realities in the country.

“There still persists the need to project clarity, accountability and transparency in all legislative matters and legislators’ welfare. The 8th Senate under our watch recognizes the concerns raised by Nigerians about the cost of running office most especially with the economic challenges facing our nation.”

He also promised that the Senate would be more transparent regarding all public funds spent for the purpose of paying salaries and allowances of legislators and ensure that distinction was sufficiently made between what a legislator earned and what is spent to run and implement legislative business and committee activities.

“The watchword in our financial issues will be fiscal conservatism. It is therefore on this arm that the committee is mandated to carry out thorough fiscal examination on the Senate finances with the aim of coming up with the best cost-effective regime in the 8th Senate,” Saraki said.

- CAJ News


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