The National Assembly has sent a 20-point agenda to the executive arm of government as its contribution to the resolution of the current economic recession, according to Senate President Bukola Saraki.
He told State House correspondents at the end of the 56th Independence Anniversary at the Presidential Villa, Abuja yesterday that, the National Assembly has already started implementing four of the resolutions concerning it.
He said: “Already, as you have seen, we have sat down to address the important issue which is the economy. We have come out with about 20 points to the executive that we think they should do.
“We also have about four for ourselves. And we have started doing it already. The last session, we started addressing some of these issues that we are sure will make us come out of this recession in a short while.
“We will start preparing for 2017 budget to ensure that there will be release of funds that would be spent to do that.”
Saraki said that tough as the recession is, the problem is not insurmountable.
“I believe that we can do it. Like I said earlier, we have stayed united; we have stayed focused, determined and hard working. It is not something that we cannot achieve. The potentials are there. We will weather it.”
On the issue of the Niger-Delta, he said that the National Assembly will be favorably disposed to looking at the appropriation for the amnesty programme in the 2017 Budget.
“This is what we are looking at. We understand the challenges and we will play our own role to ensure we get out of it,” he said.
Saraki said that the recession notwithstanding, Nigeria has achieved a lot over the last 56 years, saying: “people will wonder what we are celebrating. As a country, we have stayed united. We have taken up a lot of challenges and we have come out better.
“I believe we have the capacity and the expertise to do it this time around. People just have to believe in the country and we will get there.”
On his part, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said: “I think it is a time for a lot of hope and expectation. I think that in the next few years, we will demonstrate the real capacity of our country in everywhere. We will prevail.”
Former Chief of General Staff, Ebitu Ukiwe said that the future will be rosy for Nigeria if the path of righteousness is followed and the problems corrected.
“There are many ways of sharing or understanding what the future could be. If we follow the path of righteousness and correct all the nagging problems, the future will be rosy.
“But if we continue allowing all the problems all over the place, disrupting the society with the worst of crimes and so on, the future will be bleak.
“But I choose to believe that we can make the future much better that what it is now,” he added
Another former Chief of General Staff, Gen. Oladipo Diya said: “Nigeria is moving ahead. As we go ahead, we’ll encounter all problems. We’ll fix the problems; we pray to God that the strength of Nigeria should be sustained. We should remain united and happy.” The Nation