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Saraki Assures On Confirmation Of Ministerial Nominees

Posted: Jun 30, 2015 at 3:35 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Ignatius Okorocha, Abuja

SENATE President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday June 30, 2015, assured that there will not be any delay in the confirmation of ministerial nominees once the list is sent to the legislature by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Saraki, while receiving the French Ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gaver, who paid him a courtesy visit in his office, said it was to ensure that the suspension of plenary would not disturb serious government business like the screening of ministers that he had continued to reiterate the fact that the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly would resume plenary when there was any urgent matter of national importance.

Responding to the comments by the French envoy, Saraki said that though the Senate was on break, but  “we are working and we are ready to reconvene any time to attend to any national assignment, including the confirmation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial nominees.”

He also pledged the cooperation of the National Assembly with the executive arm of government in accomplishing the programmes of the administration.

He said bills from the executive arm of government would be treated with dispatch, as part of efforts to support the President to effect  the positive change expected from his administration by Nigerians.

He told the French delegation that the Senate had commenced work already with the setting up of the 18-man committee to formulate a realistic and progressive Legislative Agenda, which he said, would address issues like poverty alleviation, law enforcement, national security, commercial disputes, eradication of corruption and investments in the Petroleum sector.

Saraki further said that the National Assembly would partner with the French National Assembly in the area of capacity building for legislators, strengthening the bilateral relations between the two countries and ensuring that more French investments flowed into Nigeria.

He solicited the co-operation of the French government in tackling the security problems in the North Eastern part of Nigeria, particularly as Nigeria shared borders with French-speaking countries.

Earlier, Gaver, who described the leadership tussle at the National Assembly as part of democracy, solicited for cooperation between the National Assembly and the President Buhari-led executive arm of government.

The envoy, who said that the expectation of the international community on Nigeria, was high, also called for cooperation between the private sector in Nigeria and its counterpart in France.

On security, Gaver said France was encouraging her former colonies in West Africa to cooperate with Nigeria in the onslaught against the Boko Haram insurgency.