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.”