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One year: Lawan assures Nigerians on working to better lives

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The Senate President Senator Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan has assured Nigerians that the Ninth Senate, indeed the Ninth National Assembly, will remain focused on working to better the lives of Nigerians as they celebrated one year of inauguration into the ninth session of the National Assembly.

He made this known on his official social platform on Thursday, he said the Senate, working with the House of Representatives created a productive and proficient National Assembly. “As a bicameral legislature, we’ll continue to do this to engender stability and productivity.

“Although, we have been slightly slowed down by the global pandemic of Covid19, today, we can say that we have remained on track to delivering on our promises to the Nigerian people. Our goals and targets were crystal clear, and we have remained resolute to achieve them. Our decisions have been collective, purposeful and patriotic. We have also committed ourselves into working in a bipartisan manner”, he said.

He added that both the Ninth Senate, indeed the Ninth National Assembly and the Executive arm of government have decided to collaborate and partner for a harmonious working relationship. “Today, there is a very good relationship, based on mutual respect, consultation, cooperation, collaboration and partnership.

“There is no doubt that this has proven to be beneficial to the people we represent and for this, I commend the executive arm of government for the valuable partnership that has so far yielded improved service delivery to our citizens. Over the last one year, we worked extra hours and days to ensure that we take decisions and actions that are beneficial to the Nigerian people”, he said.

He noted that over the last one year, they worked extra hours and days to ensure that they take decisions and actions that are beneficial to the Nigerian people. “We have introduced over 450 bills in one year, many of which has been passed and signed into law, while several others are at different stages of legislative processing.

“Of particular mention among these successes is the passage of the 2020 budget before the end of December, as well as other legislative interventions we have been able to achieve under the year in review. These legislative interventions have direct positive impacts on the economy of our country. As more revenues are earned by government, the capacity and ability of government to address the infrastructural deficits are enhanced”, he said.

Furthermore, he said today, before the Senate wound up the first year of its inauguration. “We passed the revised 2020 budget which was necessitated by the adverse impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the country’s revenue. While we had a very active and productive twelve months, we also had our sober moments.

“We lost three of our distinguished colleagues. Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu (Imo North), Senator Ignatius Datong Longjan (Plateau South) and Senator Rose Okoji Oko (Cross River North). Our hearts go to their families and the Senatorial Districts they represented. May their gentle souls rest in perfect peace”, he concluded.

 


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