Today, the Nigerian Senate resumed from its annual recess to a new beginning of service to the fatherland.
With the constitution of the senate committees which would be inaugurated tomorrow, and the screening of ministers which we delayed our recess by one week to conduct fully in place, the stage is now set for government to do well.
We now have to set the ball rolling on confronting our challenges through diligent lawmaking, effective representation and thorough overnight.
In performing our responsibilities, there are key issues I consider very important that we must address in addition to several others the Senate will be looking into. We must consider reforming our educational sector through the legislative intervention.
The statistics of 11 million out of school children must be tackled with the implementation of the Universal Basic Education law, passed by this institution.
In the past senate, several attempts were made to reform the petroleum industry but were unfortunately unsuccessful. We must set our priorities right by carrying out the long overdue reforms in the oil industry that will guarantee functionality and productivity in a fair, just and transparent environment.
Youth unemployment is yet another challenge we cannot allow to continue and one of the ways through which we can harness the priceless asset of the nation’s population is to make the agriculture sector attractive to them. This will contribute to resolving the problem of youth unemployment.
On the issue of the recent xenophobic attack on Nigerians in South Africa, we need to review and strengthen our citizen diplomacy. We, in the senate are ready to support the Executive to ensure that our citizens are safe and protected anywhere they choose to live in this world.
The spate of kidnapping, ethnic conflicts, rural and highway banditry, herdsmen and farmers’ conflict and cattle rustling in the land are disturbing to the senate. We will revisit the report of the adhoc committee set up in the 8th senate in addition to making new efforts at finding solutions to the security challenges presently facing our nation.
Pursuant to our resolve to avoid delays in fiscal and governance processes, we will try to consider and pass the 2020 budget before the end of December 2019. We invite all other stakeholders to be equally committed, as we begin working on the 2020 Appropriation Bill soon.
As representatives of the people, we are obliged to work towards satisfying their yearnings and aspirations. In doing so, we shall continue to be steadfast, conscientious and courageous. This is the obligation we have as representatives.
So help us God!
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