Senate Set To Pass 13 Economic Reform Bills To Reduce Poverty Saraki Reveals

Senate Set To Pass 13 Economic Reform Bills To Reduce Poverty Saraki Reveals
May 03 22:51 2017 Print This Article

President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki has assured Nigerians that the Senate is almost through with thirteen economic Bills that would reduce poverty in the country by double digits and create seven million jobs.

Saraki gave the assurance while speaking on the World Press day in Abuja and said “not many people know that the National Assembly’s Economic Priority Bills are gradually but surely making their way through the Senate.

“Last month, the report of the long-elusive PIB was submitted on the floor of the Senate — the farthest stage it has been in 17 years. While taken all together, all 13 of our economic reform Bills are poised to reduce poverty in the country by double digits and create upwards of 7 million jobs.

“These are major milestones that would make the public proud of their representatives. Nigerians want to hear what this institution is doing for them in these times of economic uncertainty. This is where you all come in”.

Saraki, while addressing newsmen in the company of other senators said “Senate has been working to create more avenues of funding for social development issues in our communities.

“To this end, since we took office, we have worked to pass critical legislation that will help to free up a significant portion of the hundreds of billions of Naira that go into funding infrastructure so that these funds could be channelled into funding more Healthcare, Education, Poverty Alleviation and Security projects in communities across the country.

“These Bills include the Federal Roads Authority Bill; the National Roads Funds Bill; the National Transport Commission Bill; and the Nigerian Ports and Harbors Bill that we passed just last week”.

He urged journalists “to look beyond the propaganda that is being sponsored to put down the Senate and judge us based on facts and figures about our genuine performance.

“These facts and figures are readily available, therefore, judge us by our actions. You participate indirectly in our daily plenary, committee and oversight sessions. You are a constant feature around here. So, please, let the public know and understand that this Senate is working for them, and it is people-centered.

“This is why we continue to pass Motion after Motion to call attention to critical national issues. We have passed critical laws that will make positive impact on the standard of living and rate of development in our country.

“We have investigated key issues that have helped to expose corruption in high government offices. We have equally treated petitions from people who feel oppressed but believe the Senate could help them seek redress and get justice instead of resorting to prolonged litigations.

“In less than two years, this Senate has already cleared 76 petitions. Whereas, the 6th Senate cleared only six public petitions in four years; and the 7th Senate did 87 petitions in four years.

“In the Media, we play up the angle of an executive and legislative friction or face-off. Despite this, if you look at the numbers, out of 196 nominees that have been sent, 185 have been cleared. Only 11 have not.

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