National Assembly Is Ready To Work For Nigerians – Lawan

National Assembly Is Ready To Work For Nigerians – Lawan
A file photo of the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan. Photo: [email protected]

 

 

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has given assurance that the ninth National Assembly would work for Nigerians.

Following the recent constitution of the relevant parliamentary committees, he says the lawmakers are more prepared and ready to work for the good of the people.

Senator Lawan spoke to journalists on Thursday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, shortly after he returned from the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

“The ninth National Assembly has been properly constituted, especially with our committees in place,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Ola Awoniyi.

He added, “We are ready, we are willing, we are capable, we are enhanced to work as an institution; to ensure that we provide those ingredients and inputs that the executive would want for it to implement laudable projects to develop the country.”

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The Senate President was full of gratitude to God for the opportunity to be part of the over 60,000 Nigerians that participated in this year’s Hajj.

He said, “We prayed for our country to achieve optimal security, to have stability, peace, and progress. We prayed for the National Assembly too. It is our prayer that the ninth National Assembly will be one to work for Nigerians and for the benefit of those who voted for us.

“Nigerians in Saudi Arabia came together with other Muslims worldwide to pray for global peace. I’m sure that with the message that we heard as part of this year’s pilgrimage and Eid generally, is a message of sacrifice, brotherhood, and unity.”

“Nigerians should thank God that we are still together, as such we should work to ensure that the unity of this country is not compromised,” he added.

Senator Lawan urged Nigerians to continue to pray for their leaders, noting that leaders were meant to serve the people and no leader would like to deliberately fail to perform.

He also urged the citizens to continually support their leaders with prayers, backed by understanding with an assurance that Nigeria would reach those great heights.

The lawmaker also reiterated his appeal to the executive arm of government on the need to be on the same page with the National Assembly, to reverse what he called the undesirable trend of the current budget cycle in the country.

“We need to work for a budget that will be passed by the National Assembly by December. That requires that we work assiduously with the executive arm of government, to have the budget laid before the National Assembly by the end of September, and for the National Assembly to lock up the whole of October this year for budget defence, so that it can be processed and passed before we go on Christmas break. It is doable, it is achievable and attainable,” he said.

He added, “I’m sure if we are able to achieve that, Nigeria’s economy will witness a boost. Businesses in Nigeria will have something predictable to work with.

“I believe that together with the executive arm of government, we should be able to do this, as this is fundamental to us in the National Assembly, and I’m sure the executive arm is also looking forward to that.”

Eid-El-Kabir: Senate President Urges Muslims To Imbibe Virtues Of Obedience, Perseverance

Ahmed Lawan

 

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has felicitated with Nigerians, particularly the Muslim faithful, as they celebrate this year’s Eid-El-Kabir.

In a statement signed by his spokesperson, Ola Awoniyi, Lawan urged all Muslims to draw inspiration from “the exemplary virtues demonstrated by Prophet Ibrahim through his sacrifice, patience, steadfastness, generosity and obedience to Allah’s command and constituted authority”.

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National Assembly: There Is Nothing Like Jumbo Pay – Senate President

 

 

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has debunked views that members of the National Assembly receive jumbo pay.

Mr Lawan, while speaking to a group known as ‘Forum of Senators’, made up of past and present senators, who paid him a courtesy visit in his office, revealed that he receives N750, 000 as salary.

“I never believe that there is anything called jumbo pay to the National Assembly.

“NASS members, both Senate and House, receive what is their salary; I receive 750,000 as my salary.”

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He explained further that part of their functions includes oversights and assured that the 9th National Assembly will take it seriously with proper funding.

“We are going to be very serious and systematically entrenched with oversight, any minister or CEO of an organisation that is expected to function must function.

“I need to function as a senator, my office needs to be properly funded and therefore, I cannot conduct my oversight without some funding.”

The Senate President also explained the need for more engagements with the public and why it is important for the continuation of ‘OpenNASS’ initiative introduced in 2018.

“I believe that Nigerians need to understand this, we need to continue to engage with the public, they need to understand what our functions and roles are.

“So I believe that we should continue with OpenNASS; in 2018, we had the first version of it where individuals and NGO’s were invited and we had a lot of activities with the public, we will continue with the tradition and try to enhance it,” he added.