ABUJA – Ahmad Lawan, the Senate President, on Thursday, disclosed that with the recent constitution of the relevant parliamentary committees, the ninth National Assembly was more prepared and ready to work for Nigerians.
He also disclosed that the lawmakers would work for a budget that would be passed by December, provided the budget is laid before the National Assembly by the end of September.
Lawan spoke to journalists at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on his return from the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, in the early hours of Thursday.
He was received on arrival by senators Barau Jibrin, Michael Opeyemi Bamidele and his Deputy Chief of Staff, Mohammed Karage.
Lawan said: “The ninth National Assembly has been properly constituted, especially with our committees in place. We are ready, we are willing, we are capable, we are enhanced to work as an institution to ensure that we provide those ingredients and inputs that the executive would want for it to implement laudable projects to develop the country.”
Recall that Lawan departed Abuja on Monday, August 5, 2019 to participate in the Hajj, the first since his emergence as the President of the Senate. In his company were senators Sahabi Alhaji Ya’u (Deputy Minority Whip), Teslim Folarin, Bello Mandiya, Ajibola Bashiru and Sani Musa.
Lawan, who was full of gratitude to God for the opportunity to be part of the over 60,000 Nigerians that participated in this year’s Hajj, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Ola Awoniyi, said, “we prayed for our country to achieve optimal security, to have stability, peace and progress.
“We prayed for the National Assembly too. It is our prayer that the ninth National Assembly will be one to work for Nigerians and for the benefit of those who voted for us.
“Nigerians in Saudi Arabia came together with other Muslims worldwide to pray for global peace. I’m sure that the message that we heard as part of this year’s pilgrimage and Eid generally is a message of sacrifice, brotherhood and unity.
“Nigerians should thank God that we are still together; as such we should work to ensure that the unity of this country is not compromised.”