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Senate President Ahmad Lawan Calls For Foreign Support Over Security Challenges


Senator Ahmad Lawan Says Nigeria Needs Support Of Friends Globally To Prevail Over Insecurity.

The president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan revealed on Tuesday while hosting the UK Minister James Duddridge for Africa  in Abuja said that the support from friends of Nigeria around the globe of  is needed to prevail over the current security challenges facing the country.

The Minster who visited the National Assembly alongside Catriona Laing the British high Commissioner to Nigeria and other officials while speaking noted progress recorded on some sponsored bills. One of which is the Electoral Reforms bill and demanded to assess the chambers to see for any similarity with that of Britain. 

Sen Lawan speaking said,

“We believe that our country, our Government has to do a lot to secure the people, their lives and their property and this is the time that all our friends across the world need to support us, give us the kind of support that we need.

“So it is an opportunity for me to appreciate what the British government has done so far and of course like Oliver Twist, we will ask for more of support in the areas of weapons, training that we have been receiving from you.

“This is one such phase that our country is passing through but we believe that with determination, our will and desire to surmount this problem, we will be able to do that but definitely we need the support of our friends especially Britain.

“We have a very long standing with Britain and we appreciate what you have been able to do so far but we need more support,” Lawan said.

Also responding to a remark by Duddridge, the Senate President said the National Assembly would pass the Petroleum Industry Bill by May while the Electoral Amendment Bill would be passed by June.

“The National Assembly is working tirelessly to ensure that we pass the PIB which is a very important piece of legislation for our country.

“This time around we have devised different means and ways of ensuring that it is not only passed by the parliament but it is assented to by the President.

“Our belief is that we have long been working together with the Executive arm of government to ensure that we don’t leave any gaps that will engender unnecessary controversy between us on the bill and so far it has been paying off.

“The bill is on its final journey into the Senate and the House of Representatives chambers for consideration.

“We are expecting that by the first week of May, we will be able to receive the report of our Committee on the PIB. Our design and desire is that we are able to pass the bill before the end of May.

“We believe this is also the position of the House of Representatives that we are able to pass the bill simultaneously.

“We think that this is one legislation that will change the economic fortune of our country because it will make a huge difference in our earnings from Petroleum resources that we are endowed with.

“But we also believe that this is one piece of legislation that will give significant or sufficient incentives to the oil companies especially the International Oil Companies(IOCs) doing business in Nigeria.

“On the Electoral Amendment Bill, we have been working on that. It is also our programme that we are able to pass it before we go on summer break.

" We are hopeful that we will be able to pass the bill before the end of June,” he added.

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