Speaker of the House of Representatives has urged Nigerians to be resilient in the face of the current hardship in the country, saying 2017 will bring succor to their sufferings.

In a New Year message to Nigerians, issued by his special adviser on media and public affairs, Turaki Hassan, the Speaker assured that some positive results of the new policies and initiatives of the present government would begin to manifest in the New Year leading to an improved quality of life for the citizens.

“The All Progressives Congress (APC) government of President Muhammad Buhari is fully aware of the hardship faced by Nigerians. As members of the same government, we can assure that in the New Year, succor will come the way of our people as we work to provide long lasting solutions to the myriad of problems.

The Speaker said the National Assembly will work to ensure that the will of the Nigerian people is expressed.

“On our part, the National Assembly shall also go to work as the central institution of democracy through, which the will of the people is expressed. As parliamentarians, we cannot afford to be observers or mere onlookers but actors.

“Our work is more urgent now than ever before because the change we seek must not be anchored on the quicksands of expediency but on the enduring solid rock of legislative frameworks that deal with corruption, eliminates gender-based violence, strengthens democratic institutions, reinforces human rights and good governance.

“We shall also not fail the nation in ensuring effective scrutiny of the National government for effective implementation of all legislative frameworks, especially the 2017 budget.

“Be assured that the House of Representatives is not resting on its oars to pass legislation that will provide support for the actualization of the lofty ideals of the change promised by this government,” he said.

 

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