World Bank: Senate Drums Up Support For Okonjo-Iweala

Published On: April 4, 2012, 11:29 pm (8 years ago)
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The Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business, Sen. Ita Enang says the Senate will mobilise African countries to support the candidature of Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as World Bank President. 

Enangmade this known in Abuja on Wednesday while briefing newsmen on the legislative activities of the Senate between January 2012 and March 28, 2012.

The Senate on March 28, adjourned plenary to April 16, for Easter recess.

He said on resumption, the Senate would pass a motion to drum up support for the Finance Minister, who is contesting for the seat with two others.

``We will give priority to the consideration of a motion on the support of all Africans and majority of the world to our Dr Okonjo-Iweala as President of the World Bank.

 ``The Senate will consider that motion and take a resolution on it. You can predict the outcome of the motion because we are very happy with the progress she has made.''

Enangalso said the Senate would give priority to bills that required concurrence with the House of Representatives.

``As we resume, we’ll give precedence to consider the concurrence between us and the House of Representatives.

``We will set up conferences for the bills that will require concurring from the different chambers and after that forward it to the President for assent.''

The committee chairman disclosed that out of 150 bills pending before the Senate, six had been passed within the first quarter of 2012.

He added that 53 new bills were introduced during the period, out of which 22 had scaled through second reading.

Enanggave the Senate pass mark, saying it had done well, especially in its contributions to the resolutions of some national issues.

 ``In the last four months, the 7th Senate has recorded some groundbreaking achievements, considering the contending national issues that it grappled with within the same period under review.''