The newly elected President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan on Tuesday, made a new vow where he promised that he will be fair to his colleagues irrespective of political, ethnic or religious affiliation.
Naija News reports that the new Senate President made this known while delivering his remarks at the end of the inauguration of the 9th Senate, which saw to his emergence.
He assured that his leadership will ensure justice to all groups in Nigeria. He promised that the Senate under his leadership will perform its role for the benefit of Nigerians.
“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,” he said.
Lawan, polled 79 votes to defeat his only contender, Sen. Ali Ndume, who polled 28 votes, to emerge as the Senate President on Tuesday. He promised to ensure a secure and a prosperous future for all Nigerians.
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.”
He added that the Senate would not hesitate to work in collaboration with the Executive, to tackle cattle rustling, kidnapping and other crimes threatening peace in the nation.
“we will work with the executive for sustained pursuit of national ethical renewal,” he said.
He promised to use the Ninth Senate to address unemployment among youths, curb the high rate of suicide, depression, corruption, insecurity among others.
The Senate President who said that the Senate would operate independently without being influenced,
furthered that the Senate would address the embarrassing situation of having about 14 million out of school children in the country.
“We will choose unity of purpose instead of conflict,” he said.
He emphasized that; “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.”