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*Announces that CSOs will be part of 2017 budget hearing

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Friday vowing that the anti-social media would not see the light of the day, called for continuous cooperation between government and the public via social media.

Saraki who delivered the keynote address at the State Craft Master class series at Social Media Week, Lagos (#SMWLagos) emphasised the growing influence of social media users in Nigeria’s political environment, and encouraged the audience to continue contributing to the development of Nigeria through their dialogue and debate on social media.

The Senate President stated that: “Without the involvement of social media, there is no way that we would have moved Sent from my iPad

Saraki went on to commend the online community, calling them the real ‘Chairmen of INEC,’ citing that their crowd sourced election results from polling stations during the general elections, ensured that the manipulation of vote counts was kept to the barest minimum.

“Though we had the numbers,” Saraki said, “It is really thanks to social media that votes counted because you shared the results as they happened.” 

The Senate President also announced that the controversial aspects of the ‘Frivolous Petition Bill,’ which is the section 4 of the Anti-frivolous petition Bill now popularly known as ‘Anti-Social Media Bill’ would not see the light of day at the Senate.

Saraki went on to assure the audience at#SMWLagos that in the next few weeks, the calls for an Open National Assembly (#OpenNASS) would be actualised, and Nigerians would get to see the line-item allocations of the National Assembly.

The Senate President called for continued cooperation and conversation between the government and the public via social media, and mentioned that following the recent National Assembly Interactive Session with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) called #NASSEngages, starting in 2017, CSOs would be a part of the budget hearing process.

The Senate President who is the 1st public official in office to personally attend social media week which is in its 4th year assured participant that his presence at the event shows how serious National Assembly takes social media 

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