Minute-by-Minute: Nigeria’s Senate celebrates 2nd anniversary in grand style
*8th Assembly: Most open arm of government in Nigerian history – Saraki
* Saraki consolidates hold on Senate midway into the journey
*Full speech of Saraki at Senate’s 2 years valedictory session
*Two years after inauguration, scorecard of 8th National Assembly
*Senate passes 96 bills, 72 petitions – Saraki
The Senate President Dr. Bujola Saraki has said that the Senate is the most opened arm of government in the history of Nigeria till date.
He stated that the 8th Assembly is laying a foundation for a new Nigerian economy to emerge and empower the private sector.
He said the Senate has not been afraid to pass several bills especially breaking the 12 years jinx of the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).
He made this known during the second anniversary of the 8th anniversary.
Listing the achievements, the Senate President said the Senate became the first Senate to reform and pursue the self-development economy reform agenda to aid means of doing business in Nigeria.
“We committed ourselves to open our budget to the world, we have done that.
“We promised to pass these economic reform bills, we have fulfilled that promise that we made.
He also listed that the 8th Assembly is the first Senate to open their business to the world by adopting live streaming of plenaries and deliberations globally.
He added that the 8th Assembly has engaged the civil society and the Nigerian public in almost every law making activity in this Senate.
* Full speech of Saraki at Senate’s 2 years valedictory session
1. Distinguished colleagues, our invited guests, ladies and gentlemen, I am immensely pleased to welcome you to this special session on the second anniversary of the 8th Senate. Let me begin by thanking all of you my wonderful colleagues for the exemplary and unflinching support you have given to me and the entire leadership of the Senate thus far. Every one of you deserve to be singled out and acknowledged individually for your remarkable commitment and oneness of spirit. I thank you most especially for the sacrifices and your perseverance that has seen the Senate succeed thus far.
2. I cannot fail to mention in particular the support and partnership I have enjoyed with our ever-amiable and dependable DSP H.E Ike Ekweremadu(the Ikeoha ndigbo), our Senate Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan for his immeasurable industry and broadmindedness, our minority leader, H.E Senator, Godswill Akpabio and the entire leadership of the Senate. Thank you all for the bipartisanship, vision, patriotism, fraternity and solidarity.
3. Distinguished Colleagues, our invited guests, today is an historical day for many reasons. First of all, today marks a celebration of our deliberative democracy and the immense opportunity to be part of an enduring legacy of political tolerance, engagement, participation and commitment. We are two year on this saddle and it has been two years of productive lawmaking period.
4. While acknowledging the great work our predecessors had done before us, let me put on record that this current Senate has made progress on every front and therefore deserve to mark this day as a special day.
5. When we started, I knew that the 8th Senate was going to be significantly different and effective. I saw across the aisle, a passionate, energetic and a set of leaders made of sterner stuff, and a desire to make the difference. Though we inherited a legacy that created in some minds cynicism and despondency, we were undeterred irrespective of an unending barrage of virulent attacks and unprovoked aggression, the 8th Senate matched on, together erasing records and setting new ones. Today, the 8th Senate haspassed 96 bills and 72 petitions in just 2years eclipsing the highest ever in the history of the National Assembly, a record held by the 5th Senate after passing about 65 bills and 6 petitions respectively within the same time period.
6. The 8th Senate has led with courage and taken up more hot-button- national and legislative issues and successfully dealt with them. We committed ourselves to greater openness and accountability and many doubted our capacity to do as we preach. But we have led from the frontline on the war against corruption, having passed several corruption-exposing resolutions that have saved our government billions of naira cumulatively. Today, in keeping with our pledge, the National Assembly has opened its line-by-line Itemed budget to the world (a first in the history of the National Assembly).