I won’t delay confirmation of Buhari’s ministerial nominees – Saraki

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Senate President, Bukola Saraki

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday, assured

Nigerians that the Upper Chamber, will not delay the

confirmation of ministerial nominees once the list has been

forwarded to his office by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Saraki stated this when he received in his office, the French

Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Denys Gaver, who paid him a

courtesy visit.

He explained that the fact that the senate suspended

plenary, will not disturb treatment of any communication

from the president.

He said, “The suspension of plenary cannot disturb serious

government business because we will resume plenary when

there is any urgent matter of national importance.”

“Though the Senate is currently 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 that the National Assembly would

constantly cooperate with the executive arm of government

to accomplish the programmes of the administration.

The senate president 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.

The senate president told the French delegation that the

Senate had started work already by setting up an 18-

member committee to formulate a realistic and progressive

Legislative Agenda, for the 8th Senate.

He explained that the agenda would address issues like

poverty alleviation, law enforcement, national security,

commercial disputes, eradication of corruption and

investments in the Petroleum sector.

Saraki also pledged that the National Assembly will partner

with the French National Assembly in the area of capacity

building for legislators, and strengthen the bilateral

relations between the two countries.

He added that the bilateral relationship would also ensure

that more French investments flow into Nigeria.

He specifically solicited the co-operation of the French

government in tackling the security problems in the North-

eastern part of Nigeria, particularly as Nigeria shares

borders with French-speaking countries.

The French envoy, 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.

Gaver, said the expectation of the international community

on Nigeria is high.

He also called for cooperation between the private sector in

Nigeria and its counterpart in France.

“On security, Gaver said France is encouraging her former

colonies in West Africa to cooperate with Nigeria in the

onslaught against the Boko Haram insurgency.



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