Monday, 31 July 2017

Sen. Saraki Blames Rejection of Devolution Of Power Bill, On Mistrust In The Country At The Moment

By: Our Reporter,
Even though his colleagues did not support the bill on the devolution of power to states, Senate President Bukola Saraki believes that the issue can still be revisited if it is presented again.

The Senate President expressed this view at his residence in Kwara State where he explained that mistrust and misunderstanding were the factors responsible for the rejection of the bill.

“If this constitution amendment had come may be eight months ago, devolution of power would have passed easily. We must be honest with ourselves that there is a lot of mistrust in the country at the moment…” he partly stated.

Dr. Saraki, however, expressed hope that dialogue and reassurance on the part of the lawmakers would ensure the passage of the bill when represented after the recess.

While addressing members of the #NotTooYoungToRun group led by their Kwara State Coordinator Olasupo Abideen, the Senate President (SP), expressed delight at the passage of the bill seeking to amend the age limit for political offices.

He thanked the youth group for their doggedness in ensuring the passage of the bill, saying, “The process was not easy as lots of discussions had to be done for the future leaders to be given a chance in Nigeria’s governance.”

With the energy and capability of the youths, the Senate President noted that efforts must be made to give them the opportunity to contribute to nation building which informed why the bill was passed.

Earlier, Mr Abideen thanked Dr. Saraki and the National Assembly for the passage of the bill, which he said would afford the youths to freely contribute to the growth of the country.

He, however, pleaded with the Houses of Assembly across the state to do the same and urged the Presidency to accent the bill.

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