I wonâ€™t delay confirmation of Buhariâ€™s ministerial nominees â€“ Saraki
Senate President, Bukola Saraki
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday, assured
Nigerians that the Upper Chamber, will not delay the
confirmation of ministerial nominees once the list has been
forwarded to his office by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Saraki stated this when he received in his office, the French
Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Denys Gaver, who paid him a
He explained that the fact that the senate suspended
plenary, will not disturb treatment of any communication
from the president.
He said, â€œThe suspension of plenary cannot disturb serious
government business because we will resume plenary when
there is any urgent matter of national importance.â€
â€œThough the Senate is currently on break but we are
working and we are ready to reconvene any time to attend
to any national assignment, including the confirmation of
President Muhammadu Buhariâ€™s ministerial nominees.â€
He also pledged that the National Assembly would
constantly cooperate with the executive arm of government
to accomplish the programmes of the administration.
The senate president said bills from the executive arm of
government would be treated with dispatch, as part of
efforts to support the president to effect the positive
change expected from his administration by Nigerians.
The senate president told the French delegation that the
Senate had started work already by setting up an 18-
member committee to formulate a realistic and progressive
Legislative Agenda, for the 8th Senate.
He explained that the agenda would address issues like
poverty alleviation, law enforcement, national security,
commercial disputes, eradication of corruption and
investments in the Petroleum sector.
Saraki also pledged that the National Assembly will partner
with the French National Assembly in the area of capacity
building for legislators, and strengthen the bilateral
relations between the two countries.
He added that the bilateral relationship would also ensure
that more French investments flow into Nigeria.
He specifically solicited the co-operation of the French
government in tackling the security problems in the North-
eastern part of Nigeria, particularly as Nigeria shares
borders with French-speaking countries.
The French envoy, who described the leadership tussle at
the National Assembly as part of democracy, solicited for
cooperation between the National Assembly and the
President Buhari-led executive arm of government.
Gaver, said the expectation of the international community
on Nigeria is high.
He also called for cooperation between the private sector in
Nigeria and its counterpart in France.
â€œOn security, Gaver said France is encouraging her former
colonies in West Africa to cooperate with Nigeria in the
onslaught against the Boko Haram insurgency.
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