- Senate president, Dr Bukola Saraki, has never hidden his determination to succeed as the third highest ranking government official in Nigeria
- The Senate president has always hammered on the succeed for the 8th Senate to leave meaningful impact on Nigerians when the red chamber winds down in 2019
- Saraki has reiterated his commitment to these vows as the Senate prepares to resume from its annual recess
Nigeria's Senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has stated, ahead of the resumption of the Senate from its annual recess, that his focus since he assumed office, has been to build an effective and efficient legislature that directly impacts the lives of all Nigerians.
In a statement signed by his spokesman, Alhaji Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki emphasized that the role of the legislature in a young democracy like Nigeria is often misconstrued, hence, it is necessary for the National Assembly to work towards positively influencing the lives of all Nigerians through its powers of lawmaking, oversight and advocacy.
Saraki vows to leave impactful policies behind as Nigeria's Senate president. Photo credit: Nigerian Senate
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“What always motivates me is that drive to leave this institution better than we met it. I always like to leave a place stronger than I met it, and more capable to deliver on its constitutional role and functions than how it was before I got there.
“The difference between democracy and dictatorship is parliament. This is why I tell people that it is not about who the Senate President, the President, or the Chief Justice of Nigeria is, we must always work to strengthen all our institutions.
“For example, in four years, I’m gone. Somebody else will be there, but the institution will always remain. If you have weak parliament that is not effectively able to champion the needs of the people, you will have a weak democracy. However, because of myopic interest at times, some people do not see why we must protect the mandates and integrity of these institutions.
“When we decided to have a presidential system of governance, it was based on the fact that there must be checks and balances. When these safeguards are in place, it strengthens our democracy and promotes the sort of collaboration across the board that helps us meet the needs of Nigerians,” Saraki said.
Saraki also emphasized that the 8th Senate will continue to remain committed to people-centered governance.
“Moving forward, we will continue to target laws and interventions that will have direct benefits to all Nigerians.” he added.
Meanwhile, Saraki has said the new legislations, Secured Transactions in Movable Assets Act and the Credit Reporting Act passed by the National Assembly in June and signed into law by then Acting President Yemi Osinbajo will support the growth of MSME’s in Nigeria.
The Senate president stated that this will be possible through increased bank lending and reduce bank exposure to loan defaults through pre-examination of credit worthiness for would be borrowers.
NAIJ.com gathered that under the law, potential borrowers can now register assets other than land and property as collateral to secure a loan from banks.
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