Saraki: N'Assembly Won't Delay Confirmation Of Ministerial Nominees


BEVERLY HILLS, June 30 (THEWILL) – Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Tuesday in Abuja , assured that there would be no delay in the confirmation of ministerial nominees once the list is sent to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Senate President gave the assurance while receiving the French Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Denys Gaver, who paid him a courtesy visit in his office.

Saraki said this is to ensure that the suspension of plenary does not disturb serious government business such as the screening of ministers, stressing that the Senate would resume plenary when there is an urgent matter of national importance.

The Senate President said though the Senate is currently on break, “We are working and we are ready to reconvene any time to attend to any national assignment, including the confirmation of President

Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial nominees.”

He also pledged that the National Assembly would cooperate with the executive arm of government in accomplishing the programmes of the Buhari administration.

The Senate Presidency 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 also told the French delegation that the Senate has commenced work already with the setting up of the 18 man committee to formulate a realistic and progressive Legislative Agenda, which

he said would address issues like poverty alleviation, law enforcement, national security, commercial disputes, eradication of corruption and investments in the Petroleum sector.

Saraki further said the National Assembly would partner with the French National Assembly in the area of capacity building for

legislators, strengthening the bilateral relations between the two countries and ensuring 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.

Earlier, 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 .

The French envoy said the expectation of the international community on Nigeria is high as he called for cooperation between the private sector in Nigeria and its counterpart in France.

On security, Gaver said France is encouraging her former colonies in West Africa to cooperate with Nigeria in the onslaught against the Boko Haram insurgency.