Senate President’s 2021 New Yr Message
I felicitate with all Nigerians on this festive season and want them pleasure and prosperity in 2021.
The 12 months 2020 was filled with challenges on the financial, safety, well being and different fronts for many nations of the world. Fortunately, nevertheless, the challenges couldn’t dampen our hope for a greater future for us as people and as a nation.
As a Legislature, we had ready forward for the vagaries that may for lengthy be related to 2020 by making the required laws for facilitation of excellent governance and financial development. Forward of the 12 months, we had restructured our fiscal 12 months to a extra predictable January to December cycle and ensured that our finances for 2020 was prepared for the brand new construction. We made the change to boost financial actions and development.
The outbreak of the novel Coronavirus pandemic and the shutdown of the financial system that it enforced adversely affected each nation on this planet because it did our personal financial projections and preparations. One of many worst outcomes for Nigeria was the slide once more into recession, just some years after we had recovered from one.
Regardless of this example, we are able to thank God that the influence of the worldwide well being emergency and financial recession on Nigeria is just not as catastrophic as was predicted by consultants. I imagine that this was not out of luck however as a result of we didn’t delay in appropriately high-quality tuning and adjusting our plans within the gentle of the developments.
The resurgence of the pandemic won’t additionally inflict on us the catastrophe being witnessed in different elements of the world if we, as a authorities and as a individuals, don’t let down our guard and take helpful classes from what is going on elsewhere.
We, due to this fact, want to organize higher than earlier than for the New Yr 2021 and the years forward. We now have to make sure for our individuals higher governance processes and dividends of democracy regardless of the prevailing circumstances.
The ninth Nationwide Meeting has remained agency on its coverage of passing the nationwide finances in December previous the fiscal 12 months and we have now finished so for 2021. We now have additionally handed a collection of enactments proposed by the Government as Finance Payments to assist easy implementation of the 2021 finances. We’re decided to see Nigeria exit, as rapidly as attainable within the new 12 months, from the present recession.
In our pursuit of this goal, we have now granted the request by the Government for permission to utilise the unspent capital votes of 2020 as much as March, 2021. We imagine that permitting the implementation of this excellent capital part of the 2020 finances to run concurrently with the 2021 finances will inject extra funds to the financial system.
Extra importantly, some essential legislations that we couldn’t enact in 2020 on account of the weird growth which I’ve talked about at the moment are on the precedence record of the Legislative Agenda of the Nationwide Meeting for 2021.
Topmost on the precedence record are the Petroleum Trade Invoice (PIB), which we want, to spice up actions in our oil and fuel sector. The PIB has defied passage for about 20 years however we’re decided this time round to interrupt that jinx and go the Invoice by the tip of the primary quarter of the brand new 12 months. It’s our utmost want to make the passage of the PIB one of many legacies of the ninth Nationwide Meeting. Equally necessary is the passage of the Electoral Reform Modification Invoice. That is mandatory with a view to improve the democratic means of free, truthful, clear and credible elections in our expensive nation.
We’re decided to go the Electoral Reforms Invoice earlier than the second quarter of 2021. Additionally on our precedence record in 2021 is the modification to the 1999 Structure, which is the grundnorm of our being collectively as a nation. We now have it on our agenda to tug by means of the method of constitutional modification in 2021. The method which began in 2020 requires intensive consultations and the purchase in of everyone.
We’ll give accelerated consideration to any measures proposed in direction of the containment of the COVID-19. On this regard, the Nationwide Meeting is ready for the Government to suggest supplementary appropriation for the procurement of COVID-19 vaccine. Within the meantime, we should always proceed to stick strictly to the non-pharmaceutical protocols as prescribed by related well being authorities.
The difficulty of safety within the nation has all the time been prime on our agenda and it’ll proceed to be of utmost precedence in 2021. We hope to maintain our collaboration with the Government for an enduring resolution that may make our nation a safer place to reside in.
Our hope to do all these and attain way more within the new 12 months lies within the unity of function of the ninth Nationwide Meeting. The Meeting has been approaching points in a bipartisan and patriotic method proper from the onset of the present dispensation. That is additional bolstered by the sustained concord and great understanding between the Legislature and the Government which we earnestly imagine will proceed within the new 12 months and past. By now, the advantages of harmonious relations between these two arms of presidency must be clear to all.
I thank all Nigerians for his or her understanding and assist for the ninth Meeting. We promise within the new 12 months to proceed to place in our greatest for good governance and for the betterment of the lives of our individuals.
I once more want you all a contented new 12 months.
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