OrderPaperToday – Senate President of the 9th National Assembly, Ahmad Lawan, has assured Nigerians that the federal chamber under his leadership will be “accountable, participatory, collaborative and responsive to the needs and aspirations” of citizens.
Lawan made this promise in his inaugural speech upon his election as the third citizen of the country on Tuesday.
He said: “I strongly believe that the 9th assembly will operate as an institution that is largely accountable, participatory, collaborative and responsive to the needs and aspirations of the masses. We will revatlise the senate in line with our constitutional duties, urgent expectations of our citizens and global best practices.”
To his colleagues he promised to be “fair and just to all irrespective of party affiliation, religion or ethnicity.”
According to him, the 9th Senate will collaborate with other arms of government to “reclaim our country and restore our values” and “will no longer settle for anything less than the best.”
He equally guaranteed to work effectively “with the House of Representatives and State assemblies to have legislative partnerships.”
He added: “We are going to work collaboratively with the executive arm of government to strengthen our planning of budget that ensures effective service delivery to the citizens without any budget delay passage and its implementation.
“We will work on the fight against corruption and other major security challenges that Nigeria faces today.
“We will address the current high level of youth unemployment and high use of illicit drugs as well as depression and high rates of suicide.”