Senate Summons Adeosun, Udoma Over Budget, Economy
The Senate on Tuesday asked the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun and the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma, to brief Nigerians on developments in the economy.
Lawmakers believe Nigerians deserve to know the state of the economy even after a recent report of the National Bureau of Statistics showed marginal growth.
While addressing reporters after Tuesday's plenary, the first after the lawmakers annual recess, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Sabi Abdullahi, explained that the Ministers' summon is to get needed assurance on the economy.
"We had cause to discuss the issue of recession that came up last year.
“We are glad that we have at least exited recession by virtue of the 0.55% marginal growth we have recorded,” he said.
He emphasised the need for the economy managers to step-up their jobs in order to consolidate current gains and avert any relapse.
While the Senate was on recess, agitations for Biafra increased in the south east with a group referred to as the Indigenous People of Biafra championing the course.
Their opposition to military deployment to the region for operation Egwu Eke II (Python Dance) had resulted in clashes with soldiers, leading to some deaths and property destruction.
The group has now been outlawed and categorised as a Militant Terrorist Organisation by the government, although the United States has said it does not consider the group as such.
Fears have grown over sings of war, with arms being shipped into the nation from Turkey.
Let it not be said that history repeats itself, old soldiers have warned.