Why NASS must reconvene – Lawan

The majority leader of the senate, Ahmed Lawan, says it has become necessary for the lawmakers to reconvene and pass a virement request from President Muhammadu Buhari to forestall a government shutdown.
Mr. Lawan stated this yesterday while speaking with correspondents after meeting with acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Mr. Lawan’s statement came a few hours before news emerged that Senate President Bukola Saraki has summoned an emergency meeting of the leadership of the two chambers of the National Assembly ahead of a meeting with chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu.
The Assembly is currently on recess till September 25.
Mr. Ahmed said the leadership of the senate should reconvene and approve a request from Mr.
Buhari in respect of funding of INEC’s budget for the 2019 election and some foreign loans.
Mr Lawan said he met with Mr. Osinbajo to brief him about the “situation in the Senate”.
“You know that in the budget for 2018, the capital aspect will be largely funded by foreign facilities; loans, we need to approve that.
“We also need to approve other important and essential requests especially that of INEC and other security agencies for our security to be improved,” he said.
The Senate leader also said; “It is therefore, very essential that we reconvene immediately to look into those issues because our government is almost stalled.”

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