The president of the Nigerian Senate, senator Ahmad Lawan on Tuesday said that Nigerians are always in a hurry to judge unfairly the activities and actions of the national Lawmakers.
Senator Ahmad made this known during an interactive session with journalists on the occasion of his 62nd birthday.
The representative of northern senatorial district of yobe told newsmen that it was the efforts of the national assembly to uplift the economy from falling that catalyzed the passage of 2020 budget and the 2021 budget.
Senator Ahmad while pleading with the citizens of Nigeria to moderate their criticisms of Lawmakers, maintained that the national assembly made sure that the falling economy relocated from it’s 6% recession to a manageable 3.2%.
Senator Ahmad confidently expressed that there would be a massive injection of capital into the economy in the 2021 fiscal year.
He said: “our activities in the ninth Senate have introduced good things into the economy. Our economy would have been worse if the budget 2020 was passed mid 2020 as the practice was”.
“But we suffered a recession of 6%, now we are in a recession of 3.2%, and that is because we are still able to get the budget passed. and the recession, we have been told by an expert will come to an end at the end of the first quarter of this year”.
“So there will be massive injection of public fund into the economy and that will bring the recession a hold.
“These are the kind of things, when we achieve, people should say this national assembly is working, not to wait until we make a mistake.
“Mistake will be made because we are all human being and we will not run away from criticisms. Genuine criticisms that will make us understand we have done wrong. But not to always assume that the national assembly has no value or too much of public fund are going into the national assembly”.
Senator Ahmad while restating the ninth national assembly commitment to the early passage of the petroleum bill gave the first quarter of the new year as a timeline for passage of the bill which he mentioned have suffered a long delay.
He said:“when we resume, we will start work on PIB. That is one piece of legislation that not only Nigeria but the entire world is waiting for because that will change our economy, the money starts flowing.
“In 2019, we passed an amendment to the deep offshore production sharing contract act. Here in the house we spent nights, we closed 2 or 3am working on the amendment people didn’t want it to happen because, they stopped it from happening for 20 years”.
Senator Ahmad said there had been oppositions to the amendment of the act but the leadership of the night Senate pressed on to get it done.