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Senate, Reps leadership to forge common front

By Henry Umoru & Joseph Erunke
ABUJA – AS both the Senate and the House of Representatives resumed on Tuesday from the six- week annual recess, the lawmakers have resolved to take common position and present a united front on all national issues by seeking to harmonize their stands.

The lawmakers have also agreed to fast-track the various bills awaiting concurrence in the two chambers before they are presented to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent.

According to the lawmakers, it has also become imperative for them to create better working relationship and hold regular meetings so that we can always be on the same page on all issues.

These were part of the resolutions reached Wednesday night after the leadership of both chambers of the National Assembly met in a move to further unite the two arms of the federal legislature and get them to take common position on issues.

The meeting which lasted for two and a half hours in Maitama private residence of Senate President Bukola Saraki was attended by members of the Senate leadership and their counterparts in the House of Representatives led by Speaker Yakubu Dogara.

The meeting a source told Vanguard ended at 11pm.
In attendance were Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu; Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume; Senate Deputy Majority leader, Senator Ibn Na’ Allah; Senate Chief Whip, Senator Olusola Adeyeye; Senate Deputy Chief Whip, Senator Francis Alimikhena; Senate deputy Minority leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha; Senate Minority Whip, Senator Philip Tanimu Aduda and Senate Deputy Minority Whip, Senator Biodun Olujimi.

It was also gathered that majority of the principal officers of House of Representatives were also in attendance.

The economic recession in the country was discussed and it was agreed that the House should also take time to deliberate on the development and come out with recommendations that can help the executive arm of government in reviving the ailing national economy. The various positions are to be harmonized.

A lawmaker at the meeting said, “Also, we agreed to fast-track the various bills awaiting concurrence in the two chambers before they are presented to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent.

We also deliberated on the need to create better working relationship and hold regular meetings so that we can always be on the same page on all issues.”


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