The Senate President, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Yesterday promised to operate a people oriented Senate in the 8th National Assembly.
According to Saraki, the 8th Senate will be a place, where the interests and welfare of every Nigerian will be made paramount.
He gave the assurance in his office when the Sir Clem Nwankwo led Civil Society Group (CSOs) paid him a courtesy visit.
Saraki, who said that the Senate is ready to work harmoniously with the groups, added that their engagement will fast-track the developmental goals of the present administration.
“As duly elected representatives of the people, we will work closely with every stakeholder in our onerous task of building a prosperous, secured and egalitarian society, where the dividend of democracy will be felt by the people,” Saraki said. He urged the CSOs to be more proactive and construc- tive in their approach to issues.
“I recognise the importance of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in a nascent democracy. You have done creditably well so far.
“On our part as legislators, we will be open, transparent and accept to work together as a team in order to transform our abundant resources to the betterment of Nigeria and Nigerians,” he added.
“The budget processes will be transparent, we will continue to prevent revenue leak- ages and enact laws that are relevant to the welfare of the people,” he promised.
Earlier in his remarks, the Convener of the Group, Nwankwo, who commended the successes recorded in the election of the leaderships of the Senate and House of Representatives, noted that the independence of the Nigeria legislature will expedite growth and development in every sphere of governance.
The UNION reports that some senators in attendance include: Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu; Senator Andy Uba, Senator Tijani Kaura, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, Senator Rabiu Ibrahim and Senator Mohammed Hasan.
The UNION further reports that the Executive Director, Human Rights Monitor, Centre for Democracy and Development, Proactive Gender Initiative, Festus Okoye, and organisations like DFID, Youth Initiative for Advocacy Group and Advancement, and Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria were also in attendance.
– Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja