IMMEDIATE past governor of Bayelsa State now senator representing Bayelsa West Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Seriake Dickson and his counterpart from Lagos East, Adetokunbo Abiru, have unfolded their legislative agenda for their constituents and Nigeria as a nation.
Both senators were among the four newly elected that were sworn in yesterday in Abuja by the Senate President, Dr. Ibrahim Lawan.
Speaking to journalists separately after taken their oaths of office and allegiance, Senators Dickson and Abiru said the collaboration with other federal lawmakers in finding lasting solutions to the problem of insecurity in the land is the number one item on their legislative agenda.
Specifically, Senator Dickson, said since the problem of insecurity in the land arose from the defective structures being run in the country, there is an urgent need to address the defects.
“Nigeria as a nation needs repair and rebuilding in terms of the structure of governance which can only be done collaboratively.
“No one party can do it and no single arm of government can do it. The defects must be clinically identified and corrected in solving the myriad of problems bedeviling the Nation, the topmost of which is insecurity.
“In recent past, it was Boko Haram alone, now it has multifaceted into armed banditry, kidnapping, herders/farmers clashes, etc, with attendant loss of innocent lives almost on daily basis.
“As a senator, I will surely join my other colleagues, in tackling the ugly situation,” he said.
The former governor added that a series of empowerment programs would also be rolled out for his constituents as a way of giving them responsible and responsive representation in the Senate.
Senator Abiru in his own mission statement said he will bring to bear, his over three decades of experience in the private sector to add value to his constituents and the Senate by way of development-driven legislations.
According to him, the needs of his constituents across the five local governments and 11 local council development areas, LCDAs in Lagos East Senatorial District, have been consciously documented during campaign rallies for practical responsive actions as the senator representing them now.
However, no Senator was sworn in for the two other senatorial districts elections conducted penultimate Saturday by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The two affected Senatorial Districts are Imo North and Cross River North.
While no candidate from the APC camp was declared as the winner of the election by INEC for the Imo North Senatorial seat, Dr. Stephen Odey of the PDP declared as the winner of the Cross River North Senatorial seat and issued a certificate of return by INEC, was prevented from taking the oath of office on account of court order served on the Senate few minutes before the swearing-in ceremony.
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