‘It Is Time To Reboot Nigeria’- Senator Kaura Says

Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-
Governmental Affairs, Senator Tijjani Yahaya Kaura, has
observed that it is time for Nigerian leaders, especially the
lawmakers to reboot the country.

The Senator noted that majority of Nigerians that served as
leaders were not entirely satisfied with their performance,
hence the need to reboot the nation.

Senator Kaura who stated this Friday in Kaduna while
delivering a keynote address at the 2017 Retreat for
Legislators, organised by the National Institute for Policy and
Strategic Studies, NIPSS, noted that legislators were rarely
accused of corruption in the past.

He said it was in recognition of that, that the 8th National
Assembly members had worked hard to uphold moral
rectitude in line with ‘the change begins with me’ mantra of
the current administration.

The Senator assured that the 8th Senate would ensure that
the issue of corruption will continue to be in the front burner
of national discourse.

According to him, Nigeria’s democratic status would have
probably collapsed and fallen like a pack of ill-arranged cards,
if not for the timely intervention of the legislative arm.
“The 8th National Assembly has been engaged in improving
governance, improving business and improving the livelihood
of Nigerians.

“It is our belief that doing so will in the long run improve the
economy and ultimately guarantee a better life for our people
through law making, its oversight functions, which has led to
blocking of leakages in the purse of the Federal Government.

“Before independence and through to the post-independence
era, legislatures in Nigeria were rarely accused of corruption,
rightly or wrongly. Indeed, corruption or any type of vices was
seen as an abomination and anathema within the political

“The challenges confronting the legislature are not
insurmountable. There must be a determined resolve on our
side to face these challenges squarely, and ensure that the
ethics of the parliament are complied with.

“We are also determined to meet the expectations of the
citizens from us in the performance of our constitutional
responsibilities,” he observed.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Acting Director General,
National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Mr.
Jonathan Juma, said an effective legislative institution that
was responsive to public needs and actively involved in public
policy process was imperative to advancing democracy in

He explained that the retreat was designed to enhance the
basic knowledge and skills of the participants for more
effective interaction with the executive, particularly in the
area of policy making.

The retreat had in attendance members of the House of
Representatives Committee on Governmental Affairs and
National executive members of Inter-Party Advisory Council,

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