The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has said the 8th Senate will prioritise the interest and welfare of average Nigerians in its operations.
The Senate President while addressing members of Civil Society Groups, who paid him a courtesy visit in his office on Tuesday, assured them that the Upper Chamber will also work with the groups to ensure the achievement of the developmental goals of the President Buhari-led administration.
He said: “As duly elected representatives of the people, we will work closely with every stakeholder in our onerous task of building a prosperous, secured and egalitarian society where the dividend of democracy will be felt by the people.
“The budget processes will be transparent, we will continue to prevent revenue leakages and enact laws that are relevant to the welfare of the people.”
He commended the groups for their impact in society so far but also encouraged them to be more proactive and constructive in their approach to issues.
“I recognize the importance of the Civil Society Organization in nascent democracy. You have done creditably well so far. On our parts as legislators, we will be open, transparent and accept to work together as a team in order to transform our abundant resources to the betterment of Nigeria and Nigerians.”
The civil societies in turn promised to work with the National Assembly by embracing issue-based legislations, avoiding unnecessary bickering and confrontation in order to achieve a stable and conducive platform for the nation’s democracy to strive.