The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, yesterday asserted that the 8th Senate is very much concerned about the present state of the Nigerian economy, stressing that “Today, what is important for the people we represent is how do we get ourselves out of this recession”.
Speaking while presenting a keynote address at the 2016 Awards/Dinner for Senators and Journalists covering the Senate, organized by the Senate Press Corps, he pleaded with journalists to blend what is important for the people lawmakers represent with the ones that will grab headlines.
“I think at this particular time, let me use this opportunity because in the 8th Senate we keep on talking about the economy, economy, economy and I know that it is very tempting sometimes for the media to continue to focus on what will grab the headlines. I want to appeal to you to blend what is important for the people we represent with the ones that will grab headlines.”
is our own view that we continue to address how we can improve the economy and we are confident that this time all the budget processes that we have put in place will ensure that we try as much as possible to ensure that the product and the quality is one that we will all be proud of,” the Senate President said, according to a statement issued in Abuja by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu.
He stated that the 8th Senate has put adequate processes in place to ensure that the 2017 budget is passed in record time and ensure that it turns out to be a product and quality that Nigerians can be proud of.
“Some of the comments you might have heard today and you will hear during the budget process, are not comments that are against government. They are comments that will ensure that the product that we will deliver is a product that Nigerians will be proud of.
“I think we are all tired of having budget documents that at the end of the day, when it comes to implementation, they don’t mean anything. But when we all come together and put all our best efforts, we have something that we will be proud of.
“And it is also in this spirit that I am confident that this time around, we will also be able to pass the 2017 budget at the earliest time possible than we have seen in the last few years,” the Senate President said.