The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly (Senate), Ita Enang, on Sunday thanked the Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, and members of the PDP in both the Senate and the House of Representatives for their support during the budget crisis, and praised the Senate and the House of Representatives members for demonstrating bi-partisanship during the controversy that trailed the exclusion of the Lagos-Calabar rail project
from the 2016 Budget.

Enang said that he had to commend Akpabio and others for their respective roles irrespective of the political parties, because he is not against anyone, noting that though, he may hold different political opinion from Akpabio, but when it has to do with nation building, they put aside their political differences.

Mr. Enang said apart from the Lagos-Calabar railway project, there is another big project in the budget for residents of Cross River and Akwa Ibom. This, he said, is the proposed construction of a dual carriage-way along Odukpani-Itu-Ikot-Ekpene Highway, which links the two
South-South states together.

The presidential aide said it is a legacy project, adding that N6 billion has been provided
for the take-off of the road project in the 2016 budget. “The road will ease the suffering of the people,” he assured.

Enang also told the journalists in Uyo that the president has not introduced any Grazing Reserve Bill in the national assembly.

He noted that his statement on the controversial bill is in tandem with that of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who last week denied that such bill exists.

The bill was rumoured to contain provisions that will mandate creation of grazing reserves for
herdsmen in all the states of Nigeria.
The presidential aide, however, said a similar bill was introduced as a private member bill in the last Senate when he was a member.

“My contribution to the debate then, which could be found in the hanzatte of the senate, was that the question of grazing was for each state. It is not something the federal government can regulate in each of the states. It is only the house of assembly of each state that can regulate
it,” he asserted.

The former senator stated that the personal lessons he learnt during the budget crisis include speaking less, and working more.

“The experience is that, no matter how hard a thing is, work through it, and when your wit seems to be running out, pray, and work harder.”


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