Buhari Yet To Honour National Assembly’s Invitation Of The State Of The Economy

By Ikenga Chronicles October 18, 2016

The House of Representatives on Monday, October 17 stated that President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to honour the National Assembly’s invitation extended to him over looming economic recession.

According to the House, the lawmakers are awaiting Buhari’s response to the National Assembly’s invitation to address them on the state of the economy.

Recall that the House of Representatives had recently constituted a special ad-hoc committee to liaise with the Senate with a view to inviting Buhari to brief a joint session of the National Assembly on the current economic downturn.

The resolution was passed following a motion sponsored by Hon. Mukaila Olayiwola Kazzim, an All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmaker from Ogun State, in which about 30 members contributed to the debate.

Apart from inviting the President to brief the National Assembly on the state of the economy, the House also urged the executive arm to mandate the governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Ministry of Finance and the National Planning Commission to review the existing monetary policy with a view to developing sustainable lending rates and the right environment that would foster real sector growth to enhance economic development.

The Senate later unanimously passed a motion in concurrence with the House of Representatives to invite the President to brief a joint session of the National Assembly.

Only on Sunday, the Presidency, through its Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, confirmed that Buhari had received the invitation.

However, the Chairman, House Committee on Rules/Business, Mr. Orker Jev, said the legislature had played its part by inviting the President. He explained that the next step was for the President to respond by requesting a date on which he would appear. Jev added that on the part of the legislature, lawmakers were ready to receive him.

He said, “The resolution was passed and forwarded to the President. There has been no reply to the best of my knowledge. He will write us to state when he will come to the National Assembly. We are waiting. That will be Mr. President’s decision. We are ever ready to have the President come to speak on the state of the economy.”

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