Senate inaugurates committee to harmonise views on recession

Edwin Akwueh, Abuja

The Nigerian Senate has set up an ad-hoc committee to harmonise the views of all senators who contributed to the debate on how to tackle the current economic recession.

Senate President Bukola announced the six man ad-hoc committee before Thursday’s plenary was adjourned.

Saraki asked the members of the committee to come up with a summary of the entire debate for possible adoption by the senate in plenary.

The committee which has three days to submit its report consists of Senators Barau Jubril, Ben Muray Bruce, Rafiu Ibrahim, Mohammed Hassan, John Enoh and Abdullahi Yahaya as the chairman.

Voice of Nigeria reports that majority of the Senators had during the debate, opposed the proposal to sell off some of the critical national assets as part of measures to tackle the effects of the economic recession in Nigeria.

Treasury single account
They submitted that the Nigerian government should consider reviewing its policy on the Treasury Single Account (TSA) and provide a feasible platform for the redistribution of income throughout the country.

Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate, Senator Bala Ibin N’Allah summed up the position of most of the Senators when he proffered two propositions as against the sale of national assets.

“So, my own approach is a very practical one. The money that is in TSA, government must find a way of putting it in such a way that it becomes accessible to genuine businessmen that can give employment. You must also come out with a policy that will carry the resources to every nook and corner of the country by way of projects, so that people will have access to what they are going to eat,” he explained.

Senator Dariye defects 
In another development, Senator Joshua Dariye representing Plateau central senatorial district, announced his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Senator Dariye’s defection was contained in a letter addressed to the Senate President, which was read on the floor of the red chamber before the end of Thursday’s session.

The Senator according to the letter said his decision to quit the PDP was because of the protracted crisis rocking the party at the national level.

Before his election to the National Assembly, Senator Joshua Dariye had served as Governor of Plateau state for eight years (1999-2007).