Saraki defends the 'commissioning' of Suggestion boxes at the Senate

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Senate president Bukola Saraki has responded to the backlash from Nigerians over the launch of suggestion boxes in the national assembly complex which was reportedly done amidst fanfare and ceremonial ribbon-cutting.
Saraki said in a statement on Thursday that there was actually no ceremony to mark the launching of the suggestion boxes.
“The Senate President was only accompanied by some of his colleagues for a symbolic ribbon-cutting meant to mark the introduction of the boxes at the National Assembly complex,” said Saraki in a statement signed by his new media aide, Bamikole Omishore. “The speech that was released to the press, was the statement the Senate President was meant to have delivered at the launch. However, as the ribbon-cutting lasted less than five minutes, the speech was skipped all together.”
The statement clarified that the “Speak to SP Suggestion Boxes” placed at various points of the National Assembly was to promote the two-way interaction between Nigerians and their representatives in the 8th Senate. He described the boxes as “a physical component of the online approach being adopted by the Senate to receive feedback from Nigerians.”
Saraki further expressed hope that staff and visitors to the National Assembly “will take advantage of these suggestion boxes, as it will strengthen effective communication between the leadership of the National Assembly and the staff that serve as the engine behind all its activities.”

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