Friday October 07, 2022 4:27 AM

NASS fully ready to support INEC on fair and credible elections- Lawan

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Tuesday, said that the federal lawmakers from the two legislative houses are fully ready to ensure transparent and credible elections at the upcoming general elections.

The number three man in the country made this remark during his speech welcome lawmakers back from the two-month recess.

According to him, the innovations in the  Electoral Act by the National Assembly has provided the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) with a good framework towards ensuring a successful general election in 2023.

The Senate President said, “Distinguished Colleagues, the year 2023 is a momentous period for Nigeria, as elections will be held, across the Country. Nigerians are expected to exercise their franchise.

“Therefore, the Senate, indeed the National Assembly will work with Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure very successful, transparent and credible elections.

“We are ready to support INEC in all possible ways as a Legislature.

“Already, the timely amendment of the Electoral Act 2022 has provided very important innovations in ensuring better electoral climate.”

Lawan, while underscoring the need for an improvement to the country’s revenue earnings, warned that unless prompt action is taken to stop crude oil theft, same may stagnate the economy and drive it into a coma.

“Distinguished Colleagues, the Economy of our Country is still challenged. The Senate working with the House of Representatives and the Executive needs to continually seek better responses to the economic situation.

“Generation and collection of revenues have remained major challenges. Also, the massive loss of revenue through oil theft is debilitating and threatening to throw the economy into a coma.

“Revelations about the scale of oil theft show that, until Government takes decisive actions, Nigeria could soon lose any revenue from that sector.

“We must therefore work to ensure that everything is done to curtail this theft”, he said.

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