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President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on Sunday advocated for teacher’s salaries to become an item in the capital expenditure  in the budget of state and Federal Governments in order to ensure its prompt payment to beneficiaries.

Saraki who spoke during an interactive Town Hall meeting styled ‘#AskSaraki’, which was organized for constituents of his Kwara Central Senatorial district, as part of the activities to mark the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations noted that “I have always said that teacher’s salaries are one of the priorities that we must not neglect.

This is why we should consider transitioning all such line items in the national and state budgets into capital expenditures. This will ensure that education is always a matter of greatest importance and teacher’s salaries are always promptly paid.”

He added that it was useless to put building of classrooms and provision of laboratory equipment in capital expenditure when the teachers who will teach students are not paid and therefore not happy.

Saraki who gave account of his stewardship as both Senator representing Kwara Central District and the Chairman of the 8th National Assembly also addressed his concerns about the lingering economic situation in the country, emphasising that a concerted legislative and policy thrust from both the National Assembly and the executive arms was needed to bring Nigeria out of recession.

Read also: Let’s pray to overcome this hardship, Saraki urges Nigerians

According to astatine the by Yusuph Olaniyonu, Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to the Senate President said, “As things stand, I understand your concerns and feel your pains about the economy,” he said, “I assure you that we will work together to bring about legislative and policy solutions to address the lingering economic situation.”
Saraki answered questions from citizens and community leaders representing various interests in the state, primarily about the economic recession, unemployment rates, and his legislative stewardship throughout the 8th Assembly, highlighting his advocacy and lawmaking activities which have brought about the passage of bills like the Public Procurement Act amendment, aimed at giving local producers and service providers first-option priority in government procurement process and the championing of the Made in Nigeria campaign.
The Senate President further emphasized that a concerted approach of both the legislature and the executive is needed to combat the lingering economic crisis, while underscoring the importance of seeing obstacles like the recession as opportunities to focus inwards to achieve economic diversification and better fiscal management.
While calling for patience and understanding from the people, he said the current situation calls for urgent and constant dialogue between the people in government and the electorate as nobody is happy with the current situation.
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