The Senate President, Bukola Saraki yesterday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to inject new blood into his administration for better performance, saying the one year tenure of the government is enough for the President to know the capacity of his ministers.
This was even as many of the senators in their debate over the first legislative session of the 8th Senate, lamented the state of the nation’s economy as regards severe suffering of the citizens occasioned by the hardship in the country.
Saraki in his speech at the occasion, specifically called on President Muhammadu Buhari to form an all inclusive government as a way of bringing best brains on board for better performance and service delivery to Nigerians irrespective of whether they are in the opposition party.
He said such a government is needed at this critical time in view of the daunting challenges on ground and warned that the senate would soon call to question, all non performing appointees in the federal cabinet within the last one year.
He also charged the federal government under the leadership of the President to use very judiciously the N500billion appropriated for social protection programmes in the 2016 budget by ensuring that those genuinely in need of such interventions, benefitted and not the other way round.
According to him, “These are serious challenges that require all hands to be on deck. There is no other time in our history than now when the business of government needs to be conducted with great inclusiveness. We must find a way to bring the best brains in our country on board wherever they may be found.
“We are confident that one year after, the President must by now have better clarity on the capacity of his appointees. The Senate would not hesitate to hold any appointee accountable for the work he has accepted to do. We would like to seek Mr. President’s support and co-operation to enable us discharge this oversight task”.
Saraki in the speech, also advised both the federal government and the Niger Delta Militants to embrace dialogue as the surest way of finding solutions to security challenges in the area”.
Meanwhile, other senators that spoke lamented that the country is going through difficult time, urging the President to do more to address the plight of the masses.