I will be fair to all –Sen Lawan

June 12th, 2019

By Ignatius Okorocha

The newly elected Pres­ident of the Senate, Senator Ahmad La­wan, has assured his col­leagues of his avowed com­mitment to be fair to all irrespective political, ethnic or religious affiliation.

The immediate past leader of the Senate said this while delivering his remarks at the end of the inauguration of the 9th Senate, which saw to his emergence.

He noted that the senate under his leadership would do justice to all, to ensure that it performed its role for the benefit of Nigerians.

Adding, “elections are over. It shows that we voted for a united senate and it is clear that the outcome is bi­partisan.

“All parties including the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) and Young Pro­gressives Party(YPP) vot­ed for me and with this out­come the 9th Senate is ready to take off as a united senate.

“Today means so many things. It is the commence­ment of another decade of our democracy and we will work to ensure best glob­al parliamentary practice among other things.”

Lawan, who polled 79 votes to defeat his only con­tender, who polled 28 votes, promised to ensure a secure and a prosperous future for all Nigerians.

He promised to run a senate that would be respon­sive to the needs of the mass­es whose mandate he said, they held on the senate.

He called for the support of his colleagues to ensure a robust senate, adding that, “we will not settle for any­thing less than the best. We will dream big, aim high and take good initiatives.”

Lawan pointed out that the agenda of the 9th senate would include improved In­formation Communication Technology(ICT).

He added that they would work in collaboration with the Executive, to tackle cat­tle rustling, kidnapping and other crimes bedeviling the nation.
He said, “we will work with the executive for sus­tained pursuit of national ethical renewal.”

The president of the sen­ate said the 9th senate would address youth unemploy­ment, high rate of suicide, de­pression, corruption, insecu­rity among others.

He also said the upper chamber would work to­wards finding lasting solution to the disturbing education­al challenges in the country, adding that it was embar­rassing to have about 14 mil­lion out of school children.

He further allayed fears that the senate under him would be subservient to the executive.

According to him “ the senate will be independent while working with the exec­utive. We will choose unity of purpose instead of conflict.”

He pointed out that he would ensure that senate’s re­lationship with stakeholders including civil society organ­isations and the media was strengthened.

Consequently Lawan as­sured, “we must drive a trans­formative senate dedicated to serving the people with con­fidence courage and patriot­ism.
“ In doing so, we are con­vinced that our past was only a story told while our future can yet be written in gold.”

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