The
President of Nigeria Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, has lamented current economic
hardship being experienced by Nigerians, saying the Senate will collaborate
with the Presidency to find a quick and lasting solution to the economic
crisis.

Speaking
during an unscheduled inspection visit to the site of the proposed Sheik
Muhammad Kamaldeen University, Ogidi, Ilorin, at the weekend, the senate president,
however,  beg  Nigerians  to show more  understanding with the government.

He
said the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) government was not out to
deceive Nigerians, adding that the party had the capability to steer the nation
through the period of hardship into prosperity.

As
part of measures to stem the growing tide of arrears of salaries owed teachers
by state governments, Dr Saraki said the National Assembly would push for
removal of teachers’ salaries from recurrent expenditure in the national
budget, adding that senators would engage the executive arm of government over
the proposal once they resumed from their current recess.

Saraki
continuing,’’ the Senate on the issue of the national economy must have played
a significant role in the rise in federal allocation to states for the month of
July, as he promised that the next few months would see to the resolution of
the salary crises across the local government areas in the country.

He
canvassed dialogue with members of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) whose
activities have been one of the factors crippling the national economy, saying
the Federal Government must be ready to sit down with ‘whoever’ can be
instrumental to the return of normalcy in the region.

His
words: “Before the Senate went on recess, we spent a day discussing this
non-payment of primary school teachers’ salaries across the nation. This is an
area that should not be left in the hands of the local government areas. The
matter now is beyond local councils. It is even beyond states.

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