The Senate President Dr. Bujola Saraki has said that the Senate is the most opened arm of government in the history of Nigeria till date.
He stated that the 8th Assembly is laying a foundation for a new Nigerian economy to emerge and empower the private sector.
He the Senate has not been afraid to pass several bills especially breaking the 12 years jinx of the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).
He made this known during the second anniversary of the 8th anniversary.
Listing the achievements, the Senate President said the Senate became the first Senate to reform and pursue the self-development economy reform agenda to aid means of doing business in Nigeria.
“We committed ourselves to open our budget to the world, we have done that.
“We promised to pass these economic reform bills, we have fulfilled that promise that we made.
He also listed that the 8th Assembly is the first Senate to open their business to the world by adopting live streaming of plenaries and deliberations globally.
He added that the 8th Assembly has engaged the civil society and the Nigerian public in almost every law making activity in this Senate.
Political calculations in the Plateau State House Of Assembly has been distorted following the defection of Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Gagdi alongside the Minority Whip, Na’amlong Daniel from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
The latest movement of the PDP legislators to the ruling party has put the APC in firm control with the majority of 13 to 8 which was occupied by the PDP at the beginning of the 8th Assembly.
Announcing their decisions at the plenary session of the House, Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Gagdi, representing Kantana constituency and Minority Whip, Na’amlong Daniel, representing Mikang constituency stated that the current leadership tussle rocking the PDP informed their decisions to move to the ruling party in the state.
They explained that this is to enable them offer better representation to their constituencies at the legislative chamber.
The PDP in the state has since reacted to the defection of the duo.
The Public Relations Officer, John Akans, condemned their action, describing it as unconstitutional and “unacceptable” as the party will exhaust all constitutional means to reclaim its mandate.
The latest defection of the two legislators is the third in the series, following the defection of former Governor of Plateau state and senator representing Plateau central at the Senate, Joshua Dariye from PDP to the APC.
Senate President Bukoka Saraki has set up two committees to reform the country’s national budgeting process.
In a statement issued by the office of the Senate President, the committees are charged with the responsibility of closing the structural and procedural gaps that limit transparency and accountability in the budget process and fiscal discipline.
The committees are also to design a legislative framework that provides for effective oversight of off-budget accounts that typically lack oversight and transparency and also design efficient timelines for the entire budget process.
Senate President Bukola Saraki stated that the 8th National Assembly is determined to implement budget reforms that would help open the budget process to greater scrutiny and openness.
The majority leader of the House of Representatives, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila says a 100 per cent budget implementation will be one of the major focus of the 8th Assembly now that the principal officers of the National Assembly have been chosen and the lawmakers are set for work.
Gbajabiamila told Journalists that the 8th Assembly would open up its books to the public with a breakdown of what lawmakers earn to allow public scrutiny and end the unfavourable speculations over salaries of lawmakers at the National Assembly once and for all.