By Henry Umoru & Levinus Nwabughiogu
Abuja – The National Assembly, comprising Senate and the House of Representatives, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to address its joint session on government’s plan to get the country out of recession.
The decision yesterday, followed the concurrence of the Senate with an earlier resolution of the House of Representatives.
The House had two weeks ago passed a resolution asking Buhari to appear before a joint session of the National Assembly to present strategies for addressing the country’s prevailing economic crisis which had meant high inflation, loss of jobs, and dwindling naira value in response to foreign exchange scarcity.
The Senate, yesterday, concurred with resolution of the House of Representatives but the Presidency has not stated if or when President Buhari would address the lawmakers.
Reacting to the summon last night, the Presidency gave conditions for the appearance of President Muhammadu Buhari before the National Assembly.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, who disclosed this, stated that the President had not been summoned through the established channels of communication.
Shehu told Vanguard that there were formal channels of communication between the Presidency and the National Assembly, adding that the President could only respond to the National Assembly when it utilized the proper means of communication.
“There is a channel of communication between the Presidency and the National Assembly which we utilize. So, if they communicate to us through those channels, then the Presidency will reply.
“But as it is now, it remains a newspaper report and newspaper is not a means of communication for the Presidency. When they communicate, the Presidency will also communicate back,” he said.