THE Nigerian Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has admitted that Nigeria can get out of the current economic recession in the shortest possible time, political office holders, lawmakers and economic experts can work together and synergise to end it.
Saraki who observed on Tuesday in his welcome speech, during the resumption of the Senate into plenary session, after its annual recession, emphasised that all political office holders and lawmakers must work together, so as to bring out the nation from current economic woes.
According to him: “the condition of the economy is biting harder and we cannot afford further distractions here. We can make this the shortest possible recession ever and move out of it greater”.
He equally tasked distiguished colleagues to be prepared for more tasking legislative activities, saying that “Nigerians are not interested in who brought us into the chamber but how to get out of the economic challenges. This is hy we have to be more serious about our legislative business.
While lamenting further in his speech, Saraki added that “It is clear to me that when people are desperately hungry, what they need is leadership with a clear vision; leadership whose daily actions reflects the very urgency of the people’s condition. Therefore, our response to the current challenge must be dictated by the urgency of the hardship that the people suffer on a daily basis.”
Adding: “I say this to urge us that we must have an urgent debate on the way forward. But in having this debate we must resist the temptation of drowning the debate with apportioning blames that will neither bring solutions to the problem or reduce the cost of rice, maize or oil in the market. Rather this debate must be solution driven, it must be people oriented and less political.
Majority leader, Senator Ali Ndume, during the plenary announced that the Senate will begin a debate on the economic challenges and recession on Wednesday 21st, September as the Senate President adjourned the plenary to same date.