Senate President Hammed Lawan has said that they would give priority to some projects to help Nigeria exit its current recession
One of the priorities is the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill(PIB) in the first quarter of 2021.
Acccording to him, other areas that will be given attention is the constitutional review among other things.
In the statement titled: “Senate President’s 2021 New Year Message,” he felicitated with all Nigerians wish them joy and prosperity in 2021.
“The year 2020 was full of challenges on the economic, security, health, and other fronts for most nations of the world.
“Thankfully, however, the challenges could not dampen our hope for a better future for us as individuals and as a nation.
“As a Legislature, we had prepared ahead for the vagaries that will for long be associated with 2020 by making the necessary legislation for the facilitation of good governance and economic growth.
“The outbreak of the novel Coronavirus pandemic and the shutdown of the economy that it enforced adversely affected every country in the world as it did our own economic projections and preparations.
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“One of the worst results for Nigeria was the slide again into recession, just a few years after we had recovered from one.
“Despite this situation, we can thank God that the impact of global health emergency and economic recession on Nigeria are not as catastrophic as was predicted by experts..
“We need to prepare better than before for the New Year 2021 and the years ahead.
“We have to ensure for our people, better governance processes and dividends of democracy despite the prevailing circumstances.
“We are determined to see Nigeria exit, as quickly as possible in the new year, from the current recession.
“Topmost on our priority list for 2021 is the PIB, which we need, to boost activities in our oil and gas sector. The PIB has defied passage for about two decades but we are determined this time around to break that jinx and pass the bill by the end of the first quarter of the new year.
“It is our utmost desire to make the passage of the PIB one of the legacies of the ninth National Assembly. Equally important is the passage of the Electoral Reform Amendment Bill.
“This is necessary in order to enhance the democratic process of free, fair, transparent and credible elections in our dear country.
“We are determined to pass the Electoral Reforms Bill before the second quarter of 2021.
“Also on our priority list in 2021 is the amendment to the 1999 Constitution, which is the ground norm of our being together as a nation.