ECONOMIC RECESSION: National Assembly invites Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

ECONOMIC RECESSION: National Assembly invites Buhari

The National Assembly has invited President Muhammadu Buhari to address its members on the measures being adopted to end the economic recession which has increased economic hardships.

He is expected to address a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives on the economic recession, to enable the National Assembly take further legislative action on the issue.

The senate passed a motion to invite the president in agreement with a similar resolution by the House of Representatives, which constitutes an ad-hoc committee to liaise with the senate on the proposed invitation.

The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Rules / Business, Mr. Orker Jev, said a clean copy of the resolution would reach Buhari next week.

He did not give a specific date, but gave the assurance that the resolution would reach him.

On when Buhari would come to the National Assembly, Jev replied,

“Well, that is left to the President to decide. That is not our decision.”

At its sitting on Thursday presided over by Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, the House adopted the Senate resolution on the economy, which read,

“The Executive should, as a matter of urgency, prepare an Economic Stimulus Bill containing all the Fiscal stimulus packages, investments and incentives deigned to pull the country out of recession, to the National Assembly for accelerated consideration.

“The House took the decision following a motion moved by a member, Olayiwola Kazzim (All Progressives Congress/Ogun State) and titled, ‘Urgent Need to Address the Economic Downturn in Nigeria.”

The House, after a two-hour debate by about 30 lawmakers on the recession, agreed that Buhari should brief the legislature on the efforts by his administration to take the country out of the economic crisis.

The motion was approved after the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, put it to a voice vote.

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