The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Dr. Andrew Pocock, on Friday made a pledge that the British government would support the Nigerian Senate through capacity building of lawmakers in order to make legislative business easier for them.

The Eighth Senate was inaugurated on Tuesday with about 30 percent of the members being freshers.

But Pocock, who spoke with journalists after he paid a courtesy visit to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, in his office, said his country would offer necessary assistance to support the federal parliament in addressing its shortcomings.

He said, “We discussed capacity building for the Senate both in general terms and also in areas of particular interest and difficulty, complex pieces of legislation.”

He also said both the parliament and the United Kingdom government representatives, during the closed-door session, discussed how to offer ideas about the management of the Nigerian economy, and areas in which the UK can make a contribution.

“We briefly discussed some of the security inputs that we might make to help with the stabilisation of the security situation in the North East,” he added.

Pocock had earlier congratulated Saraki on the success of his election, which he described as well deserved.

Saraki had, while receiving the envoy, commended the continued bilateral relationship between Nigerian and the United Kingdom.

Bukola Saraki

He assured the envoy that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration was determined to fulfill its obligations in the interest of the nation.

He noted that Nigeria will always look forward to Britain in areas of infrastructural development and socio-security.

Saraki said, “I am very delighted to receive Your Excellency in my office barely 48 hours of my resumption of office. This shows the level of commitment the British government has towards the cause of Nigeria.

“We look forward to a very good working relationship in order to move our dear country forward.”