Senate President Bukola Saraki has given assurance that there would be no delay in the confirmation of ministerial nominees once the list was sent to the legislature by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Senate president, while receiving the French Ambassador to Nigeria, Jacques Labriolle who paid him a courtesy visit in his office, said it was to ensure that the suspension of plenary did not disturb serious government business like the screening of ministers that the upper chamber of the National Assembly would resume plenary when there is any urgent matter of national importance.
Responding to comments by the French envoy, the Senate president said that though the Senate was currently on break but “we are working and we are ready to reconvene any time to attend to any national assignment, including the confirmation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial nominees.”
He also pledged the cooperation of the National Assembly with the executive arm of government in accomplishing the programmes of the administration.
The Senate presidency said bills from the executive arm of government would be treated with dispatch as part of efforts to support the president to effect the positive change expected from his administration by Nigerians.
Saraki told the French delegation that the Senate had commenced work already with the setting up of an 18-man committee to formulate a realistic and progressive legislative agenda, which he said would address issues like poverty alleviation, law enforcement, national security, commercial disputes, eradication of corruption and investments in the petroleum sector.
He further said the National Assembly would partner with the French National Assembly in the area of capacity building for legislators, strengthening the bilateral relations between the two countries and ensuring that more French investments flew into Nigeria.
Earlier, the French envoy, who described the leadership tussle at the National Assembly as part of democracy, solicited for cooperation between the National Assembly and the President Buhari-led executive arm of government.
The French ambassador said that the expectation of the international community on Nigeria was high, as he also called for cooperation between the private sector in Nigeria and its counterpart in France.

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