Lawan admits current NASS ‘not perfect’ over decision-making processes

Lawan admits current NASS ‘not perfect’ over decision-making processes

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has admitted that the 9th Assembly under his leadership is not perfect.

Lawan made this call on Wednesday, January 12, when the Senate Press Corps paid a visit to felicitate with him on the occasion of his 63rd birthday in Abuja.

But, the Senate President noted that the Assembly will correct its errors before the expiration of its tenure.

Lawan said the Senate and by extension, the National Assembly remains committed to serving the interest of Nigerians in the discharge of its constitutional duties.

He added that no amount of name-calling by critics would deter the upper chamber from considering and passing pro-people legislations needed for the development and advancement of the country.

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According to Lawan: “We believe that there is a price to pay for anything, but we are patriotic. Let us be called any name, what we want to do; and achieve is for our country to be better.

“Tomorrow, some of these people that are calling us all types of names will be writing very good commentaries; about what we have been able to achieve in this Ninth National Assembly.

“Majority of Nigerians are happy with what we are doing, we are not perfect, we make our errors and we will correct them.

“We identify with our citizens; but we will always do what is in the best interest of our country.”

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has criticised the bill seeking to outlaw strikes in the health sector.

This was stated by the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, while briefing newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday, January 11; who observed that the bill negated international and national laws.

The NLC President noted, “It is laughable, where industrial relations are working optimally; strikes can be avoided and therefore, this is the provision of the law; and I am sure that those proposing the bill are not aware of those laws, and those laws are very explicit.”

According to him, the bill was sponsored by a member of the House of Representatives, Simon Chukwuemeka Atigwe (PDP, Enugu), seeking to amend the Trade Disputes Act.

He explained that the bill, which prohibits health workers from embarking on strikes; has scaled first reading in the House.

The NLC President observed that the right of workers; to strike constitutes a fundamental right of workers and their organization, especially unions.

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