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Saraki Urges Lawmakers To Shun Partisanship; Work With The Executive

Senate President Bukola Saraki

By Ganiyu Nasirudeen

ABUJA, NIGERIA (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki has urged his colleagues in the Red Chamber, to play down their political affiliations, with a view to work together and move the country forward.
Saraki made the call Tuesday morning in his opening address, as the upper legislative Chamber resumed, after over two months of recess.

The National Assembly (NASS) Chairman stressed that the socio-economic situation with the country presently, call for commitment of all stakeholders.
Stressing on the need for every legislator to avoid party partisanship, Saraki noted that there was no Senator who has faced enormous political persecution as he did, since the inception of the 8th NASS in July 2015.
Still, he advocated that the legislative institution should work closely and harmoniously with the executive arm of government, in articulating policies and measures to revive the economy, which is presently in comatose.

Saraki thanked his colleagues for the unflinching support his leadership has enjoyed, as well as solidarity from his supporters in his trials.

The Senate President’s address was followed by a motion by the Senate Leader Ali Ndume, to adjourn plenary session till Wednesday, September 21, 2016, in honour of Hon. Adewale Elijah Olutayo from Ifako Ijaiye Federal Constituency of Lagos State South West Nigeria, who passed on in July, 2016.

The two motions were supported by the Senate Minority Leader Godswill Akpabio.
The Senators in line with the hallow chamber’s tradition observed a minute silence for the departed lawmaker.

Senator Ndume also announced that the upper legislative Chamber would open plenary with a comprehensive discussion on the State of economy in the country – aimed at preferring viable and practical solutions to the recession.

The Borno State Senator reiterated that the notice was necessary, so as to allow Senators carry out necessary research, for useful contributions.

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