The member representing Yobe North Senatorial District, Senator Ahmed Lawan, has pointed out that he has the qualities to be the next Senate President in the 8th National Assembly.
Lawan, who is a leading contender for the exalted position, said having garnered the necessary experience at the House of Representatives and the Senate in the last 16 years, he has a good understanding of the workings of parliament.
The Senator, who spoke during an interactive session with newsmen in Lagos on Tuesday, said if he eventually emerged as the President, the Senate will make good governance its main focus.
He vowed that the Senate under his leadership will support the incoming administration on its ‘war’ against corruption, adding: “Nigeria of today needs to engage in a serious fight against corruption because large chunk of our budget in the past four years have been going into private pockets”.
Speaking about his experiences at the National Assembly, Lawan, who is presently Chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Accounts, said that his membership of the House of Representatives between 1999 and 2007 has afforded him the chance to monitor and learn from former speakers including Salisu Buhari, Ghali Na’aba and Aminu Massari.
Acknowledging that the National Assembly was suffering from public image crisis, Lawan said that under his leadership, Nigerians would be made to understand the functions of the legislature and what they should expect from the lawmakers.
“The Senate, under my leadership, will be transparent and Nigerians would be made to know what we do. We would ensure the government functionaries do not mismanage the available fund. Oversight functions of members of the Senate would be taken seriously”, he said.
On zoning of the key political positions, Lawan argued that the North-east deserved to be given the office of the President of the Senate because it had been marginalized.
The Yobe Senator argued that the North-central has had the opportunity to produce three Senate Presidents between 1999 and 2015 adding: “We have been marginalised. We never had the opportunity, our party should entrust us with this position. We deserve it in the North-east”.
Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021
Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi has presented the proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year in the State.
The Governor on Monday presented a budget estimate of over N109 billion for the 2021 fiscal year.
Governor Fayemi, while presenting the budget at the State House of Assembly complex yesterday in Ado-Ekiti described the 2021 budget as “Budget of Recovery and Economic Restoration.”
The budget has a recurrent expenditure of N57, 997,898,982.62k while the capital expenditure has N51, 668,386,739.99k.
Fayemi, said the budget proposal presented contains the policy thrust, programmes, and vision of his administration for 2021, saying efforts shall be made to source the needed resources to fund the budget.
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.
He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.
The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
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