Abuja – The Leader of the Senate, Sen. Ahmad Lawan, says the National Assembly will prioritise the consideration of the 2019 budget and the passage of minimum wage bill upon resumption.
Lawan, who made this known in an interview with newsmen in Abuja, said the lawmakers would not hesitate in attending to the bills. He said that though they would be constrained by time in view of preparations for the 2019 general elections, they would work extensively on the bills within the available time.
“We should be able to work hard to pass those bills that are fundamental and central to revamping the economy. “Bills that are central to re-engineering and reorientating the social environment, and generally making Nigeria a stable and a safe country; we are determined to do that. “The 2019 budget, for instance, is central even though we have to break at a point; shortly after resumption, say two weeks, maximum three weeks. “It is my judgment that we will be doing ourselves some good if we take second reading of the budget. “That is, we will take the debate and general principles of the bill and then refer it to the committees on appropriation of the two chambers at least before we go,” he said. The leader of the senate further said it was important for the national assembly to consider the minimum wage bill as soon as it is presented by President Muhammadu Buhari to the legislature. He stressed that passing the bill would help bring succour to workers. “It is crucial that we pass the bill on national minimum wage. I believe that the Executive has played its part.