Janet Samuel, Abuja
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has said that the ninth National Assembly has achieved so much, collaborating with President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.
Lawan made this known in Yobe State at a State Banquet held in honour of President Buhari on first day of his two-day official visit to the state on Monday
The Senate President said the Assembly had passed many difficult and complicated legislations because President Buhari gave them all the support they needed to do their work.
“In all my years in the National Assembly, I have never worked with any President who never asked that he wanted things done a certain way but I want to admit here that Mr President, you have never asked me to do anything. You believe we should do what is best for our country.
“Today, Mr President, I am proud to say that we have achieved so much working with you in the ninth National Assembly.
“We have passed the most difficult Bills, we have passed the most complicated legislations. This is because you gave us all the support that we needed to do our work in the National Assembly.”
Lawan thanked the President for making Yobe State to witness so much development during his tenure.
He also urged the President to consider establishment of Gum Arabic Research Institute in Yobe and deploy resources to develop Livestock Industry before his exit from power in May.
“Mr President, Yobe State, like Borno, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Zamfara, Kebbi, Sokoto, is on this Gum Arabic Zone. Gum Arabic is a cash crop that gave support to our people before. It is no more giving that support.
“And I want to say that this belt, from Borno to Sokoto, if we work on the Gum Arabic industry, we are going to earn foreign exchange for Nigeria.