President Bola Ahmed Tinubu Seeks Collaboration With National Assembly.
Nigeria’s President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has called for collaboration with the National Assembly and is committed to make life easier for Nigerians.
Declaring the event open, President Tinubu, represented by the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Mr. Wale Edun, said his ambition, commitment and objective is to make life easier for all Nigerians.
My ambition, commitment and objective is to make life better for all Nigerians. It is unacceptable that we are quoted having 65 percent of the population, 84 million people, who are found as multi-dimensionally poor. This government is committed to do all we can to make the Nigerian economy grow and achieve rapid, sustained and inclusive growth. I cannot do this alone. There has to be a team network and of course legislators.
The Senators have a key role to play. At this time we are considering the medium-term economic framework and fiscal sustainability programme. It is topical and timely that we should be having this retreat because after now, we will be considering the budget. I am sure that, as I am committed to you, you are also committed in maintaining the fine tradition of having the budget considered, passed and signed into law by December. It will take collaboration, teamwork and understanding of all to make all the lofty projects of this administration work.” President Tinubu said.
Today’s event is a demonstration of our commitment to walk and work with the Executive Arm in the interest of our beloved compatriots. Dust is yet to settle on the presidential election, but the President has hit the ground running. You cut a covenant with Nigerians and stated what he hoped to do for Nigerians to renew our collective hope. Nigerians kept their part of that covenant, electing you. It is up to you to keep your part by doing what Nigerians voted for you to do,” he said.
The Senate President said the retreat, which is on fiscal policy and tax reforms, is to improve the knowledge of the lawmakers and build their technical capacity to generate concrete and consistent legislation that would promote peace and development in Nigeria.
Let us follow the plan before us. The founding fathers of our nation (Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Sir Ahmadu Bello, etc.) had and followed a plan of development, and Nigeria, in their days, occupied a place of pride in the comity of nations,” he said.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Abbas Tajudeen, lauded the organisers of the retreat, saying that fiscal policy and reforms which the theme of the retreat focuses on are central to good national governance.
“We in the 10th House of Representatives intend to work with the Executive and stakeholders to improve the consonance of our tax system, both in terms of administration and operation. We will use legislative measures to provide incentives on tax breaks to encourage innovations and for industries that have the potential for job creation and export growth,” the Speaker said.