By: Mayen Etim
ABUJA, Nigeria – Nigeria’s Senate President and Chairman of the National Assembly, Dr. Bukola Saraki has said the country cannot thrive and make any meaningful progress without a vibrant Parliament to ensure effective checks and balances based on the principle of separation of powers.
He made the assertion after he received an Award of Excellence from the Arewa Online Publishers Forum in his office on Tuesday May 14, 2019.
“As long as our Parliament is vibrant Nigeria will be stronger, and I think it is important that we lay a solid foundation to strenghten our democracy,” he said.
Speaking further, the Senate President, said that the media has been playing an important role in ensuring the survival of democracy, and tasked it to do even more.
“You have responsibility to ensure that individual interest gives room for collective interest for a better Nigeria for all,” he said.
Dr. Saraki thanked the Forum for the award, while stressing that he was happy that the media was able to appreciate what the 8th National Assembly stood for.
“This will spur us on to do more for Nigeria individually and collectively,” he assured.
The Arewa Online Publishers Forum, with membership cut across the 19 Northern states and the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT) Abuja, also presented awards to the Speaker of House of Representatives, Rt. Honourable Yakubu Dogara, Senator Shehu Sani, Senator Magnus Abe and Senator Kabiru Marafa.
The awards were in recognition of their quality contributions to democracy in the 8th Assembly.