National Assembly: Presidency Begs Saraki, Dogara To Reconvene

National Assembly: Presidency Begs Saraki, Dogara To Reconvene
Sen. Ita Enang says the Presidency is begging the National Assembly to reconvene
Sen. Ita Enang says the Presidency is begging the National Assembly to reconvene

The Presidency has been going cap in hand begging the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, to reconsider their stance and reconvene the National Assembly in order to consider several urgent matters pending before it.
This appeal was made by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, who said the Presidency has been appealing to the National Assembly leadership to call off its recess and resume seating so they could urgently consider some important pending issues in the national interest.
Enang who spoke at a press conference in Lagos said if the National Assembly is not reconvened immediately, it might adversely affect the country, particularly with respect to the 2019 general election as well as the budget for which is pending before the federal legislature.
The Akwa Ibom State-born Enang warned that the lawmakers’ holiday which began on July 24 and ends on September 5, might stall the allocation of funds to critical sectors of governance and the economy.
Listing the areas for urgent deliberations by the National Assembly, Ennag said they include the supplementary funds would enable the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to commence preparations for the 2019 polls.
Also pending, according to Enang, are several key appointments for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Deputy Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor and Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), Code of Conduct Bureau, among others.
“In fairness to the National Assembly, they scheduled to consider these matters on the 24, 25 and 26 of July, but certain unforeseen events happened that they had to adjourn. Therefore, they did not deliberately keep these matters and went away,” Enang began.
Continuing, he said:
“The matters include virements, settlement of appointments, supplementary budget, borrowing plan, INEC fund and so on.
I want to say that we are appealing to the National Assembly, that we accept that it was not intended by them that the country should suffer.
They had made plans to approve this before the exigency that made them to adjourn, but I want to appeal to them, that they should please consider reconvening for the purpose of considering these urgent matters which are capable of making the government not perform and deliver on time.
We are appealing to the Senate leadership and all caucuses of the National Assembly to see this as a clarion call for the good of the nation.
As the Liaison Officer between National Assembly and the federal government, I know it is not the intention of the lawmakers to make Nigerians suffer. We are not compelling them, we are appealing to them.”

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