Recession: Senate, Reps ask Buhari to address joint session of National Assembly

FILE PHOTO: President Muhammadu Buhari presenting the 2016 Budget to the National Assembly
FILE PHOTO: President Muhammadu Buhari presenting the 2016 Budget to the National Assembly

Nigeria’s bicameral lawmaking body, the National Assembly, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to address its joint session on government’s plan to get the country out recession.

The decision, Thursday, followed the concurrence of the Senate with an earlier resolution of the House of Representatives.

The House had two weeks ago passed a resolution asking Mr. Buhari appear before a joint session of the National Assembly to present the strategies for addressing the country’s prevailing economic crisis which has meant high inflation, loss of jobs, and dwindling naira value in response to foreign exchange scarcity.

On Thursday, the Senate concurred with resolution of the House.

President Muhammadu Buhari and ministCouncil meeting
President Muhammadu Buhari and ministCouncil meeting

The presidency has not stated if or when Mr. Buhari will address the lawmakers.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Senate concurred with the House on the passage of eight bills, including Telecommunications and Postal Offences Bill, National Crop Varieties, Livestock Breeds (Registration) Bill, Produce (Enforcement of Export Standards) Bill, and National Agricultural Land Development Authority Bill.

Others were Bee (Import Control and Management) Act (Amendment) Bill, and Agricultural and Rural Management Training Act (Amendment) Bill.

The bills are “aimed at bolstering standards in Nigeria’s agricultural sector to help the country achieve more economic diversification,” Senate President Bukola Saraki said after signing the bills.

“We will continue to prioritize economy-related pieces of legislation and will quickly forward these 8 bills – which have now been passed by both houses – to Mr. President for his signature.”


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  • Watch man

    The address is not necessary. What is needful is that you guys at NASS should, among other things, do the following:
    1. Cut down your criminal-jumbo pay/allowance
    2. Sit four times a week and go on recess ones a year
    3. Jettison every form of budget padding
    4. Stop all the wasteful foreign trips
    5. Stop going abroad for treatment you could get in Nigeria
    6. Enroll your children in Nigeria schools as a way of showing patriotism
    7. Etc.

    • George

      Did you see your backward Buhari children is Nigeria schools.

      So you are against your president addressing the Nigerians representatives just because you knew he can’t say anything right without Femi Adesina by his side.

  • omoeleniyan

    There are 100 facets
    of corruption. Plagiarism by public officials is just one main one;
    as heinous as making false oath on credentials or on any required
    matter – which is punishable under the Penal Code by 14 years.

    Alas, President Buhari
    has a warped view. Buhari oversimplifies corruption to theft only
    and allows the other 99 facets of corruption to rise and walk in Nigeria.

    Lai Muhammed exemplifies the corruption of false claim but he gets no reprimand
    but a wink from a supposedly anti-corruption President called Muhamadu Buhari.
    For aiding and abetting these 99 virulent strains of corruption to grow and mutate
    President Muhamadu Buhari begins to look corrupt himself.

  • emmanuel Azodoh

    Stop deceiving yourselves, among you are intellectual giants and you still wait for and illiterate to address on the way out of recession it is a shame you all are disgrace you have disappointed Nigerians and the posterity will Judge you who knew what to do and refused to do it, last time you were over powered by incompetent Ministers whom you knew quite well that they have not performed, They are simply a square peg in a round hole and you are there playing sentimental politics

    • Kwarruption

      He will be there to tell them how he has been combating cattle rustling and fighting desertification of the lake chad region. He will tell them how he will use agriculture to replace crude oil. Time permits him, he will threaten the Niger Delta Militants.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    There is no need for president Muhammadu Buhari, to wasting precious time space of the nation to address the joint session of the senators and representatives, as addressing the corrupt-ridden lawmakers who each collects and goes home with over 666,000 naira annually.Lawmakers in Nigeria national assembly are inconsequential to lifting of Nigerians out of economic doldrums caused cause by massive looting,stealing and embezzlement of our national public treasuries and assets perpetrated partly by the lawmakers and former PDP led president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and his ministers who wrecked our nation,s public treasuries and mismanaged our NSA accounts and imprudently spent our excess crude account and external reserve.Woe unto you-@

  • JasV

    To show the extent of stupidity of this bunch of animals, they will fix the day of address on a day that they will normally not sit so that they can claim additional allowance for extraordinary joint session. You are of no use, even to the mothers that produced you.

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