The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has described the current economic recession the nation is going through as nothing new.
The Speaker, who spoke in Abeokuta on Saturday at the 75th birthday celebration of Chief Alanı Bankole, father of a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, however said what is needed is the collective effort of all to tackle the current social-economic challenges.
The Speaker insisted that there is nothing novel about recession as many civilised nations passed through similar situations in the past.
According to him, men and women in such countries waged united and formidable wars against the challenges at such critical periods to overcome them and move on to greater heights.
Dogara, who commended the Federal Government for the measures it has put in place for the country to overcome current economic challenges, praised the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, for calling on the federal government to declare a state of emergency on the economic situation in the country.
The Speaker, who said the National Assembly would come up with its position as soon as it reconvened, emphasized the need for Nigerians to support government and be united in tackling current challenges and move the nation on the path of economic recover.
“The challenges are not novel because a lot of countries have passed through them.
“It is always men and women of those generations that have stood up and solved the problems.
“It is our collective responsibility to combat our challenges and I thank God that there is a rallying call from the governors for a national emergency,” Dogara said.
By Timothy Enietan-Matthews …..
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