Recession biting hard on Nigerians, says Saraki

Pledges legislation to easy suffering
The President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki has bemoaned the negative impact of the current economic recession saying that it has impinged on the standard of living of the ordinary citizens, and a major source of concern for the National Assembly.

He however assured that the National Assembly is working assiduously to ensure that critical and fundamental legislations that would get Nigeria out of recession would be passed without delay.

Speaking while receiving a delegation of the European Union (EU) on Democracy Support and Election Coordination to the National Assembly in Abuja, Saraki said, “The National Assembly was committed to resolving the country’s economic challenges through relevant legislation as a deliberate measure towards enhancing the welfare of the people.

He disclosed that the current standard of living of the ordinary citizen remains a source of concern to the lawmakers.

According to him, “The legislature would not be seen to have succeeded in its primary responsibilities without the masses feeling legislative impact on their living standards.”

He commended the EU Parliament for the critical role it played in monitoring the 2015 general elections in Nigeria, which according to him, “Has set a new standard for other African countries to emulate.”

In his remark, the leader of the delegation, Santiago Fisas noted that the legislators would not be seen to have succeeded in their primary assignments without legislative actions impacting positively on the masses through improved standards of living.

The EU delegation had earlier paid similar visits to the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, chairmen of critical committees of both the Senate and the House of Representatives, the Clerk to the National Assembly and the Director General, National Institute for Legislative Studiers, where the issues of areas of collaboration and support by the group were extensively discussed.

The delegation, under the aegis of Democracy Support and Election Coordination Group (DEG) of the EU were in the country to support Nigeria’s parliamentary democracy, and also ascertain areas of collaboration with the National Assembly.

Its aim was to lend support to democracies in the areas of strengthening parliamentary capacity, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) process and increase public confidence in democratic governance.

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