OrderPaperToday – The President of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has demanded improved performance from security agencies in the fight against insecurity in the country.
Senator Lawan who addressed journalists on the occasion of his 63 birthday on Wednesday, disclosed that the “legislature will look at making positive difference in the country.”
He said that the National Assembly has achieved over 90 percent of its legislative agenda despite earlier challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to him, though the country is going through a trying periods, security agencies, armed forces and politicians have to be at their best to reverse the tide.
He maintained that the Senate will further insist on better performance from the country’s armed forces.
He added that whilst it is true that the President Muhammadu Buhari led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration has stayed for over two years, he nevertheless, believes that 6 months was enough for a government to stem the tide of insecurity in the country
On the economy, Senate President hinted that the National Assembly will, from February, insist on triple inflow from revenue generating agencies of government.
He said that said that the move would cut down on borrowing by the federal government, while reducing the country’s debt profile.
He said that while the NASS is concerned about the country’s level of borrowing, it will however look at getting more revenue from independent sources.
“Nigeria’s revenue to GDP ratio is very low. The National Assembly will hold quarterly engagements with revenue generating agencies of government starting January or early February 2022,” Lawan stated.
He added that the 9th National Assembly has stabilized the Nigerian economy by ensuring an early passage of the budget, a feat he revealed has helped the country escape two recessions.
The celebrant insisted that despite criticisms from “ignorant or mischievous persons,” the current legislature has also stabilized the polity with a rancour-free relationship between members of the two Chambers of the National Assembly.
Lawan further called on the oil and gas committees of the Senate to ensure more flow of investments from the oil and gas sector to the country, assuring that the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) will be implemented starting in 2022 to allow the country benefits from the provisions of the law.
“The Senate will work with the executive to endure increased dividends from the sector to the country”.