01 January 2021 by James Itodo…..
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has congratulated Nigerians in this festive season and wish them joy and prosperity in 2021.
Senator Lawan in a statement says
the year 2020 was full of challenges on the economic, security, health and other fronts for most nations of the world but expresses joy that the challenges could not dampen hope for a better future for us as individuals and as a nation.
According to the lawmaker, the National Assembly had prepared ahead for the vagaries that would for long be associated with 2020 by making the necessary legislation for facilitation of good governance and economic growth.
“Ahead of the year, we had restructured our fiscal year to a more predictable January to December cycle and ensured that our budget for 2020 was ready for the new structure. We made the change to enhance economic activities and growth”
Lawan says the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic and the shutdown of the economy , adversely affected every country in the world as it did to the nation’s economic projections and preparations stressing that One of the worst results for Nigeria was the slide again into recession, just a few years after it recovered from one.
He however expresses happiness that
despite this situation, we can thank God that the impact of the global health emergency and economic recession on Nigeria is not as catastrophic as was predicted by experts.
He further notes that the resurgence of the pandemic would not also inflict on us the disaster being witnessed in other parts of the world if we, as a government and as a people, do not let down our guard and take useful lessons from what is happening elsewhere.
He stresses the need for Nigerians to prepare better than before for the New Year 2021 and the years ahead. “We have to ensure for our people better governance processes and dividends of democracy despite the prevailing circumstances”
In addition, Senator Lawan says the ninth National Assembly has remained firm on its policy of passing the national budget in December preceding the fiscal year and have done so for 2021.