Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Barau Jibrin, has expressed the commitment of the 10th National Assembly to ensure strong fiscal policy and tax reforms for the survival of Nigeria as a nation.
Jibrin made this known while speaking during a two-day retreat on Fiscal Policy and Tax Reforms organised by the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies at Ikot Ikpene, Akwa Ibom State.
According to him, the 10th National Assembly considers the urgent need to put the country on the path of economic revival, hence the need to put more efforts alongside various stakeholders in achieving that.
“In a world of great economic challenges, only nations that are endowed with great thinkers can break through. This equally requires thinking outside the box. Therefore, fiscal policy and tax reforms that guarantee a nation’s survival without adding to the economic woes of its citizenry must be central to the nation’s policies and governance.
“Our assignment, I dare say, has been made quite interesting, because the nation’s chief executive officer, His Excellency, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu (GCFR), the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has, true to type, put together a cabinet of time-tested, highly qualified technocrats, who are committed and great professionals, whose wealth of experience, Nigeria needs at this critical moment in her life,” he said.
The deputy president of the senate further emphasised that the lawmakers’ job at the retreat is to contribute to the discourse on the needed fiscal policy and tax reforms towards the realisation of the 8-point agenda of the executive arm of government.
“Our job is therefore well cut out for us. We are to identify the policies, reforms and other economic plans in tandem with the thinking of the executive arm of government.
“Graciously, this senate is blessed with some of the best minds the nation can offer, given our professionalism, capacities, and proven abilities. We are therefore at the retreat to bring to bear these qualities to change the prospects of our dear nation,” he said.
He however expressed assurance that the specialised retreat, organised by NILDS in collaboration with the leadership of the Senate, will no doubt, equip all members of Nigeria’s Senate with cutting-edge knowledge in fiscal policy and tax reform.