A former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has advised members of the Joint Conference Committee of the National Assembly to ensure the speedy enactment of the Electoral Act (amendment) Bill in the national interest.
Saraki gave the advice in a statement by the head of his Media Office, Yusuph Olaniyonu, titled, ‘Electoral Act: Saraki Urges NASS Panel to Act in National Interest,’ on Monday, September 27.
1st News had reported that the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, last week named a seven-member conference committee to work on the Bill.
Saraki stated that the harmonisation of the versions of the Electoral Act (amendment) Bill and its eventual passage should be concluded on time so as to enable the law to be assented to before the political process leading to the 2023 general elections takes off in full gear.
Part of the statement read, “That is why it is important that members of the Conference Committee should strive hard to rise above partisan and personal considerations.
“They should take decisions solely based on national interest and the need to strengthen our electoral process.
“The country is bigger than our various political parties. Nigeria is even bigger than any individual or any loyalty we may have to an individual.
“That is why members of the committee should give genuine and deep consideration to the delicate issue of adopting the provision on electronic transmission of results which will help to strengthen our electoral process, deepen our democracy and improve the level of participation in the elections.”
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has warned employers of labour to provide decent jobs for workers in the country or face severe consequences, according to Ngige.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, said this in a statement signed by Mr Charles Akpan, the Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations in the ministry, in Abuja on Monday.
The statement quoted the minister to have spoken while addressing a joint visit by the leaders of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) and the National Pension Commission (PENCOM).
Ngige urged employers of labour and Labour unions to pay greater attention to providing formal and regular jobs for workers across the federation.
He noted that unemployment and likewise indecent jobs were huge incubators of national insecurity.
According to him, insecurity is caused by people who feel cheated by society. They carry arms and weapons to vent their anger on the elites.