Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki yesterday charged workers of the National Assembly to shun corruption, inefficiency and bureaucratic delays in the discharge of their duties.
Saraki stated this when the leadership of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, PASAN, National Assembly chapter, visited him in Abuja.
He acknowledged that the workers were key to the success of the 8th Senate, saying that the upper chamber under his leadership would continue to make issues of staff welfare a top priority.
He said that, while the Senate is ready to provide the conducive environment necessary for the staff to deliver on their mandate, it in turn expects managers of its bureaucracy to reciprocate the gesture through hard work and dedication to their duties.
Saraki said: “I want to also urge you to tell your members, particularly in this time of change, that we have all fought hard for the change that ushered in the new government during the last elections, that we must change from the way things were done in the past.
“We must avoid bureaucratic delays, we must avoid inefficiency and we must shun corrupt practices.”
The Senate President added that the 8th Senate was determined to work hard and that the unalloyed support of the workers was needed to enable it succeed.
Earlier, chairman of the National Assembly branch of PASAN, Comrade Bature Musa, said the emergence of Saraki as the Senate President has been of great blessing to all members of the union.
He specifically thanked the Senate President for his kind gesture towards the Muslim members of the association during the Ramadan fast and urged him to extend same to the Christian members during their festivities.
Musa said: “It is important to note that what you have started here can change the nation because when you change the life of one person, you have changed the life of a family.”