Senate, Reps leadership hold secret meeting to forge common front on economic recession
Posted by Mayowa Okekale, Abuja | 22 September 2016 | 1,795 times
The leadership of both chambers of the National Assembly met behind closed doors on Wednesday night in a bid unite the two arms of the federal legislature and get them to take a common position on the way out of the economic recession in the country.
A reliable source close to the National Assembly leadership informed News Express that the meeting held in the private residence of Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, lasted for two and a half hours. He disclosed that the meeting was attended by members of the Senate leadership and their counterparts in the House of Representatives led by Speaker Yakubu Dogara.
According to the source, “Legislative leaders discussed and agreed that the two chambers must always take common position and present a united front on all national issues by seeking to harmonise their stands.”
He added that “the economic recession in the country was discussed and it was agreed that the National Assembly should also take time to deliberate on the development and come out with recommendations that can help the executive arm of government in reviving the ailing national economy. The various positions are to be harmonised.”
The source further informed News Express that lawmakers jointly agreed to fast-track the various bills awaiting concurrence in the two chambers before they are presented to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent. “They also deliberated on the need to create a better working relationship and hold regular meetings to be on the same page on all issues,” the source disclosed.
•Photo shows Senate President Saraki and Reps Speaker Dogara.