The Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, has said that the National Assembly deliberately passed the 2024 Appropriation Bill before the end of the year to ensure immediate implementation to ameliorate the sufferings of Nigerians.
In a New Year message signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity,. Eseme Eyiboh, on Sunday, the Senate President expressed optimism that with President Bola Tinubu in charge, Nigeria is on course to regaining its enviable place among the comity of nations.
Akpabio also assured all that the National Assembly under his leadership will not abdicate its constitutional responsibility.
He noted, “The passage of the 2024 Appropriation Bill before the end of the year was deliberate and a promise kept to pave the way for presidential assent and immediate commencement of its implementation in the New Year so that Nigerians can begin to feel the impact of the President Tinubu-led government.
“We understand the plight of the average Nigerian and every decision we make is aimed at improving your standard of living and making things easy for you. We appreciate the confidence you have entrusted in the All Progressives Congress-led administration and we will not fail to reciprocate your kind gesture.”
The Senate President who is also the Chairman of the National Assembly congratulated Nigerians for making it to the New Year and advised them to renew their hope that Nigeria could be better.
He added, “I wish to use the occasion of this New Year to congratulate our countrymen and women for successfully stepping into 2024. I wish to reassure you that things will turn for the better in the year 2024. Keep believing in us and we shall surely deliver on our promises.
“The Executive arm of government and indeed members of the National Assembly are not oblivious of the sacrifices you are making. I still appeal to you not to lose faith in Nigeria but be hopeful and prayerful.
“I want to assure you that it will not be long before you will start reaping the benefits of voting the present government to power. The President is committed, the National Assembly is intentional and the Renewed Hope Agenda is real and we will not fail you.”