Senate rolls out legislative agenda

The Senate on Wednesday received report of its ad-hoc committee on the 9th Senate Legislative Agenda.

Chairman of the Committee, Senator Adamu Aliero (Kebbi Central) presented the report.

The consideration and adoption of the report has been slated for Thursday.

“This is to enable Senators time to read and digest the report for effective contributions during its debate,” said the President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan.

Lawan had on assumption of office pledged to fashion a legislative agenda to guide the effective performance of Senators.

Senator Aliero listed youth empowerment to curb increasing number of youth unemployment, poverty alleviation to ensure that 100 million Nigerians are lifted out of poverty in the next four years as part of the plank of the agenda.

Aliero also listed a legislative framework to tackle the phenomenon of out of school children in the country, creation of special health centres in the six geopolitical zones and reduction of acute housing deficit in the country.

The Kebbi Central Senator also listed fashioning legislative measures to further enhance gender equality, tackle infrastructure deficit, increase agricultural production, fast track the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) and holistic reform of the oil and gas sector as other part of the agenda.

He said the Senate would also work to further block revenue leakages, back anti-corruption agenda of the Federal Government and make procurement processes less cumbersome.

He highlighted the Open NASS policy, where the budget of the National Assembly would be in the public glare.

“By throwing open the budget of the National Assembly, Nigerians will know that we have nothing to hide,” Aliero said.

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