THE Senate on Tuesday declared that palpable hunger has overtaken the country with most Nigerians desperately seeking for solutions to their problems. The upper chamber also said it is understandable that when people are desperately hungry, what they need is leadership with a clear vision, whose daily actions reflect the very urgency of the peoples’ condition.
It said while government works on the medium to long-term plans to stabilise the economy, immediate strategies must be devised to ease the suffering of ordinary people across the country. Senate President, Bukola Saraki, stated these in his welcome address to Senators after their over two months recess.
Before Saraki’s welcome address, the All Progressives Congress, APC, Senate caucus had met on Monday night to articulate ways and means to tackle the economic recession. A statement issued by the Senate President’s Office said the meeting united all members of the caucus on the way forward for the country.
Saraki noted that it is no longer news that the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, confirmed that the Nigerian economy has drifted into recession. He added that with Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in the second quarter of 2016 standing at 2.06 per cent following a decline by 0.36 per cent in the first quarter, the Nigerian economy has had two consecutive periods of contraction.
He insisted that the Senate must gear up to give the Executive the necessary support to make the biting economic recession the country is going through the shortest in history. – The Nation
— Sep 20, 2016 @ 18:15 GMT