Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki yesterday assured the presidency of the support of senators in the ongoing battle against official graft.
Saraki who spoke with a team of editors of the London based “The Economist” newspaper at the weekend, according to the statement by his special assistant on public affairs, Mohammed Isa, said the Senate is willing to partner with President Muhammadu Buhari to defeat corruption.
He said lawmakers had already demonstrated such commitment through its interventions on many alleged corrupt transactions such as its swift investigation and adoption of a report on the management of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) that saved the nation about N70bn.
“There is a departure from the past where such reports were either watered-down or not presented for debate and adoption.’’
He cited the report he presented to the last Senate on the over N1trn fuel subsidy scam that never saw the light of the day.
“Nigerians would in the next few weeks be availed with the details of the National Assembly budget which will be a departure from the tradition of having one line item budget.
“For the first time we promised Nigerians to give out our budget breakdown. The committee will make its report available by next week. We have resolved to break the tradition of one line item.”
According to him though party differences exist between the senators national interest and the desire of each senator to fulfil the promises made to Nigerians have become the guiding principle of the senate in their team work.
On the economy, he said the Senate has embarked on series of legislative interventions to create conducive environment for the private sector.
“It is only when the private sector thrives that the issue of unemployment will be addressed and the nation’s GDP will increase.”
“Few days ago, we received a report on the laws that need to be amended in order to give priority and importance to ease doing business and overall private sector participation in the stimulation of Nigeria’s economy. We will soon commence the implementation of the recommendations in the report in addition to pushing for the amendment of the Procurement Act to stimulate and protect our local industries,” he assured.
He blamed lack of firmness and consistency in policy implementation by the past administrations as the main obstacle for the growth of the private sector.
Senators Will Support Buhari’s Fight Against Corruption – Saraki
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