The Ninth Senate marked its one year of being established on Thursday, with its president, Ahmed Lawan, saying that the Senate was still working to deliver all it's promised Nigerians.
While speaking at the plenary, Lawan said, “Today, we can say that we have remained on track to delivering on our promises to the Nigerian people."
Lawan said that the Senate, in collaboration with its supporting arm, the House of Representatives, has "yielded improved service delivery to our citizens.”
He said, “both the Ninth Senate, indeed the National Assembly and the Executive arm of government have decided to collaborate and partner for a harmonious working relationship.
“There is no doubt that this has proven to be beneficial to the people we represent.
“I commend the executive arm of government for the valuable partnership that has so far yielded improved service delivery to our citizens.
“We worked extra hours and days to ensure that the Budget 2020 was passed before the end of December 2019.
“Our Committees carried out necessary scrutiny of the budget estimates of the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies(MDAs) before the Budget was finally passed by the National Assembly on 5th December, 2019.
“It is noteworthy that the passage of the 2020 Appropriation has enabled the Federal Government to start the implementation of the budget from January 2020."
Lawan also boasted of the 450 bills that had been signed into law by members of the red chamber in their various legislative processes.
He also mentioned the move by the Federal Government (FG) to stimulate the oil-dependent economy, and the enablement of the FG to carry out nationwide projects by approving loans for the facilitation of such projects.
He said, “As an oil-dependent country economy, the slump in the price of crude in the world market means that the revenues we earn cannot meet the planned expenditure.
“In order to support and enable the government raise the necessary funds for national development, there were requests for approval to borrow both from the domestic and foreign sources.
“We have approved 28 billion dollars in the last one year. We had ensured the proper scrutiny for the desired projects and programmes of government, the conditions of the facilities before approving such borrowing requests.
“The task ahead us is to ensure tracking, monitoring and supervision of how the loans are applied. We must ensure that the target projects remain, and that there is value for money also."