9th National Assembly must be effective – Senator Lawan

Edwin Akwueh, Abuja

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As newly elected lawmakers brace up for inauguration on Tuesday, one of the candidates for the President of the Senate position, Senator Ahmed Lawan, has vowed to lead an effective National Assembly  for Nigerians if elected.

It’s barely four days to the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly, and Senator Lawan who is the outgoing Senate Leader reassured his colleagues and Nigerians in general, that he does not seek the position for selfish gains.

Senator Lawan who was speaking at a ceremony to unveil his agenda for the forthcoming National Assembly, captured his vision for the Legislature, as that of “improving institutional capacity and capabilities of the Senate for effective performance”.

Any elected President of the Senate automatically assumes the position of the Chairman of the National Assembly, the second arm of the government.

Bi-partisan Assembly

”We intend to unite the Senate as an institution by ensuring inclusiveness, justice, fair play and respect for all political parties that are represented in the Senate,” the Senator said.

“We intend to have a consultative and a focused bi-cameral Legislature whose sole preoccupation is the business of Nigeria and the welfare of all Nigerians,” he assured Nigerians.

According to his proposed legislative agenda, Senator Lawan intends to institute a channel of engagement with state governments through the Nigerian Governors Forum, and Conference of Speakers, for the purpose of peer review and learning.

This channel he said, would help to engage state governments on matters requiring sub-national policy implementation and concurrent or subsidiary legislation.

On the issue of Nigerian economy, Senator Lawan proposes to lead a 9th National Assembly that will ensure legislative and policy coordination with the Executive arm of the federal government. He said, “necessary reforms and legal instruments that will promote diversification and investment in the critical sectors of the economy will be introduced.”

He further promised that, “priority will be given to a legal regime that facilitates ease of doing business with a view to catalysing double digit growth and rapid employment generation.”

Among the dignitaries that attended the agenda unveiling ceremony, was the candidate for Speaker of  the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, who used the occassion to reassure Nigerians of his commitment to service that benefits all.

We intend to use the National Assembly to better the lots of Nigerians because, it is not about the APC or PDP but about Nigerians through a multi party interrelationship and collaboration that works for our people,” he submitted.

Other notable attendees to the event include, the Director General of Voice of Nigeria, who is a chieftain of the governing party the APC, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, former Governor of Abia state and incoming Senator, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, among others.

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