Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja
Newly elected Senate President, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has urged the leadership of the House of Representatives to team up with its counterpart at the Senate for the development of the nation. In a statement issued Thursday evening in Abuja, Saraki also congratulated Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara on his election as the Speaker of the House.
Saraki, who described Dogara as a “consummate politician and effective leader capable of galvanising the lower chamber into greater efficiency”, stated that he believes he has found in the new Speaker a worthy partner with whom to drive the legislative agenda of the 8th Senate, and support the process of transforming Nigeria.
He that Dogara’s victory bears eloquent testimony to his wide acceptability by majority of the members of the newly inaugurated House. He urged all members of the House to put the division of the elections behind them and rally round the new leadership in the overall interest of the nation. “The election is over. It is time to unite, pull together, and move the National Assembly forward in the right direction.
There should be no ill will towards one another. “We must all move together, irrespective of party affiliations. This is the time to join hands to move the House, which is already reputed for its vibrancy. The country is waiting on us to take it to the next level through people oriented legislation. “Above all let national interest be uppermost in your new leadership role most, especially in making laws that would bring the greatest good to greatest number of our people.
“We have been called to leadership at a critical time in our nation’ history. We are besieged by insurgency, unemployment, dwindling economic fortunes and a massive infrastructural deficit. “These challenges are urgent and require that we find ways to forge a collective national agenda, a minimum deliverable legislative intervention that we must fast track to help underpin the policy direction of the executive and give a new lease of life to our people again.