Senate President Lawan, Set To Outshine Saraki, Delivers The ‘Biggest Promises Ever’ To Nigerians

By Post-Nigeria: June 26, 2019 09:35

Senate President Lawan, Set To Outshine Saraki, Delivers The ‘Biggest Promises Ever’ To Nigerians

The President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, has said that there is nothing like jumbo salary for National Assembly members, as being speculated in some quarters.
Lawan made the disclosure when members of the Senators’ Forum paid him a courtesy visit, at his Office, in Abuja, on Tuesday.
While further dismissing the jumbo pay issue, he revealed that his monthly salary as a Lawmaker and that of his colleagues, is N750,000.
“What I want to emphasise here, is that I never believed that there is anything called jumbo pay to the National Assembly.
“The National Assembly members both the Senate and the House receive what is their salaries, and I receive N750,000 as my salary.
“But I need to function as a Senator, my Office needs to be properly funded”, he said.
He promised that the National Assembly is going to be open to the general public, in the conduct of its legislative activities, particularly in the area of funding.

“National Assembly is going to be open to the public. I believe that the National Assembly should have everything open, let Nigerians know what we are doing.
“I believe that Nigerians need to understand this; we need to continually engage with Nigerians, and I will also argue that we continue to explain to Nigerians, they deserve to know how their resources are being utilised.
“I believe that the National Assembly needs proper funding, because the Legislature is so critical in any national development’’, he said.
“This Senate is a by-partisan Senate, Senators consciously decided to work for us, and we take that very seriously. What that means is that we are going to make for progress Nigeria .
“Because what we have done is to be patriotic and we belong to various political parties, but once we are here, Nigeria is our Constituency.
“The Senate is going to be united in the conduct of its oversight. It is a Senate that will work for Nigeria. We are going to do everything possible to remain united in a very by–partisan manner, and remain focused .
“Because the challenges against Nigeria is enormous, we need to enhance our of security.
“We need to make sure the economy works for everyone, for those at the lowest ladder, and those at the top. This is necessary, I do not believe that rancour or hostility will yield any positive result.

“I have witnessed how rancour undermined national development, I also witnessed a very peaceful and cordial relationship, that at the end of the day, produce the kind of outcomes that Nigerians desire.
“So we are here to follow the part of peace, but we are going to be very seriously and systematically in our oversight .
“A Minister or Head of organisation that is expected to function, must function”, he said.
He added that the Senate is determined to ensure that Nigeria returns to the January to December budget process .
“We have to work together and achieve what needs to be achieved for Nigerians.
“We know the challenges, and we will work hard to ensure that we get the solutions.
“This Senate is determined to ensure for example, we pass the budget in three months, and we believe this is achievable and doable .

“All we require, is for the Executive to provide the Appropriation Bill in good time, maybe at the end of September, or early week of September.
“The National Assembly will sit to ensure that there is defence of the budget by the MDAs, and before we leave for Christmas, we will ensure that the budget is passed, so that we go back the January to December budget cycle’’, he stated.

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