Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki yesterday said the Senate will support any proposal from the Executive to increase the fund slated for the amnesty programme in the 2016 Appropriation Act.
Saraki who was speaking to journalists at the Presidential Villa after the Change of Guards ceremony to mark the nation’s 56th Independence Anniversary said any plan by the Executive to calm the frayed nerves in the Niger Delta and increase oil production so as to earn more money for the country to get out of the current economic recession will enjoy the support of the National Assembly.
He reiterated the position of the Senate in its 20 point-solution to the economic recession billed to be presented to President Muhammadu Buhari that Government should engage in constructive dialogue with the militants who are making oil production difficult.
“Any positive move to restore peace in the restive Niger Delta region as well as increase the nation’s ability to earn more money at this point will enjoy the support of the Senate. We need to earn more foreign exchange and inject more money into the system through the funding of development projects to reflate our economy and put more people to work”, Saraki said.
The Senate had in its recommendations also asked President Buhari to appoint a Special Adviser that would lead the government engagement team in dialogue with the aggrieved Niger Delta Militants to ensure the protection of Nigeria’s oil and gas assets.