Senate President Bukola Saraki has said that the eighth Senate was committed to openness.
Saraki, who spoke while receiving the leadership of the All Progressives Congress Youth Forum, APYF, in his office as part of the celebration of this year’s International Youth Day, said the Senate had nothing to hide.
He said the e-parliament being planned by the Senate was meant to give voice to Nigerians who would want to contribute to discussions on issues concerning the upper chamber of the legislature.
He told the APC youth body to disregard negative insinuations and speculations concerning the Senate, as the lawmakers were committed to making a difference.
Saraki said: “I want to assure you, despite all what you read in the papers, be rest assured that we are here for serious business. We are all committed to make a difference and my doors are open. Very soon, from what I am being told from the Senate Committee on Rules and Business, we are trying to move fast about the e-parliament so that everybody here can know what we are doing and they can also contribute to some of the discussions.
“We want to make this place as open as possible. There is nothing here we are hiding. What is our great motivation? Nigerians spoke at the last elections and I don’t think they spoke for things to be the same and we must not let it be the same. We must ensure that it is positively different,” he said.
He added that the present administration was committed to carrying the youths along as against the use and dump syndrome of the past.
He said the report on the proposed legislative agenda which would soon be laid and debated on the floor of the Senate was meant to identify priority bills that would give the needed support to the executive.
National president of the APYF, Ismaeel Ahmed in his remarks commended the Senate president for being youth-friendly and for his immense contributions to the success of the APC in the 2015 elections.
He added that now that the APC is the governing party, it was time to ensure good governance which the nation lacked under the previous administration of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

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