The Senate Chamber resumed plenary session after a seven-week, end of legislative year break. The session presided over by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki was brief. The Senate President while welcoming distinguished Senators back from the annual recess disclosed that the current legislative session would give utmost and priority attention to the nation’s economy and move swiftly to provide quick solutions to the current economic recession.
As a mark of honour to Late Hon. Adewale Elijah Oluwatayo, who passed on recently, all items on the day’s Order Paper were deferred and the Senate adjourned sitting to another legislative date. Until his death, Hon. Adewale Oluwatayo represented Ifako/Ijaye Federal Constituency of Lagos State.
Briefing newsmen after the day’s session, the Senate Leader, Muhammed Ali Ndume said that the National Assembly has the responsibility of reflecting its collective experiences in helping the government move the nation out the economic recession as quickly as possible. He added that the Senate will serve as a Collection Centre of ideas on how to rescue the economy and move the country forward.
Sen. Ndume observed that Nigerians are hardworking and resilient people and the Senate would therefore, do whatever is humanly possible to salvage the situation and put Nigeria on the path of accelerated growth. He however hinted that Nigeria is not the only country experiencing economic recession, stating that it is a global challenge that affects countries like Venezuela, Saudi Arabia and other oil producing countries more severely.
The Senate Leader also disclosed that the Senate in the current legislative session will debate Motions on Tuesdays, while the Second Reading of Bills would henceforth take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays would be dedicated to the Consideration of Bills, Reports and other legislative proposals.