The Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN), National Assembly Chapter wishes to congratulate the President, Muhammadu Buhari, the Senate, House of Representatives and bureaucratic arm of the National Assembly, on the epic timely passage and signing of the 2020 National Budget.
Indeed, this is not only a commendable feat but a clear manifestation of the cordial and mutual relationship existing between the two Arms of government in the pursuit for National Development. This also means that, for the first time in a long while, a 12-Month budget cycle beginning from January to December as stipulated in the constitution may be feasible.
PASAN is happy to be associated with this unique occasion and continues to pledge its commitment in providing adequate support services to the legislature. It also describes the approval of the appointment of members of the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) as a welcome development. It is our belief that the imminent constituted Commission shall immediately set to task in providing the enablement for tackling staff matters, most of which are pending.
Worthy of note, also, is the year 2020 budgetary provision for the renovation of the National Assembly Complex. This will not only give a face-lift to the Complex but will make the precinct conducive for legislative activities.
The Union wishes to seize this opportunity to commend Nigerians on the uninterrupted democratic journey which began in 1999. The re-emergence of the legislature 21 years ago has proven to be the difference between previous military regimes and democracy. As such, the legislature has continued to grow in capacity, effectiveness and other areas in ensuring that good governance is entrenched. The timely passage of the budget is evidence of the improvements recorded in the growth of legislative practice in the country.
We therefore pray for the sustenance of the cordial relationship currently existing between the two foremost Arms of government in Nigeria and express optimism that such relationship shall be for the good of the entire Nation. The Union hereby calls on heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies to shun self-interest and show patriotism and commitment in the implementation of the Budget to strengthen the argument for a budget implementation period commencing from January and ending in December of every year.
On behalf of the entire members of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, I wish to appreciate the Almighty God for taking us to the end of another year and seek for a new year that is promising for all Nigerians.
Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.
Comrade Sunday Sabiyi
PASAN CHAIRMAN (NASS CHAPTER)
December 24, 2019