NASS Leadership: Umuigbo Progressive Network Canvasses Support For Ahmed Lawan

A renowned socio-political and ethnic group, Umuigbo Progressive Network (UPN), has endorsed Senator Ahmed Lawan for Senate President in the 9th assembly.

The lawmaker representing Yobe North Constituency of Yobe State, and as well the Senate Leader in the 8th assembly was recently endorsed by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

In the statement signed by the National Coordinator, Barr Oscar Obi, KSM, the group stated that its decision to endorse Senator Lawan for the position of President of the Senate in the 9th National Assembly is hinged on his cognate experience.

According to the group, the senate leader possesses unequal qualities and high commitment to good governance more than any other contenders for the post.

“Senator Lawan has been in the National Assembly for almost 20 years. This is a lawmaker that has served in the House of Representatives for eight years and in the Senate for 12 years. He has been a true progressive, and has always worked for the ordinary people.

“Senator Lawan has the capacity to lead a Senate that will work with the Nigerian people; this is a legislator that has supported entrepreneurship and business to grow and thrive for employment to boom. His people-oriented Bills and Motions have paved way for a vibrant economic development in the country.

“We believe that with Senator Lawan as Senate President, the 9th Senate would assist the country by helping President Muhammadu Buhari achieve his agenda in the areas of security, economy, job creation and anti-corruption battles.”

The group further urged leadership of the APC to zone the post of Deputy Senate President to the South-East geopolitical zone, where at the moment there are two APC Senators – Sen. Benjamin Uwajimogu (a ranking Senator) and H.E, Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu, stressing that the party is governing over the entire country and not some groups of interest.

“The APC Zoning formula should manifest principles of federal character anchored on equity and justice. We strongly appeal to the party to be democratic by showing equity in the distribution of Principal offices. The Southeast mostly made up of Igbo are formidable part of the tripod that forms Nigeria.

“The minimum that the Southeast should get should be the Deputy Senate President,” the group said.

Furthermore, the group pleaded with Distinguished Senators-elect from the South East and other geo political zones to rally round Senator Lawal and support him for the position of Senate President irrespective of their party affiliation. This it said is the beauty of democracy the nation’s forefathers fought to achieve.

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Ninth Assembly: APC Young Stakeholders Drum Support For Senator Lawan

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Young Stakeholders has congratulated Senate Leader Ahmed Lawan, following his adoption by the national leadership of the APC as the Senate President of the ninth National Assembly.

The group also pledged its support to the Senate Presidential aspiration of the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, representing Yobe North Constituency due to his belief in youths.

In a press statement by the Secretary-General, Barr Oscar Obi, KSM, he said Senator Lawan’s personal attributes of selflessness, maturity and friendliness have eased the race to contest the Senate Presidency seat.

According to the group, Senator Lawan’s simplicity and discipline has provided exceptional leadership for the upper chamber of the National Assembly for over two years by diligently bridging the gaps between the executive and legislature, and creating a harmonious atmosphere for debates and exchange of ideas for national development.

The group, while pledging its support for Senator Lawan, noted that the lawmaker shares the same vision with the agenda of the party and a firm believer in young people.

“Having studied critically, we observed that Senator Lawan have similar vision with the party in his ambition to become the Senate President.

“In realizing this dream, this youth group makes it a task to mobilize and rally other lawmakers across party lines to make this dream a reality”, Oscar said.

Barr Oscar further expressed the commitment of the youth group to work with Senator Lawan in realization of the Next Level programs and policies of President Buhari’s administration.

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#NASSOpenWeek: National Assembly Set To Advance Inclusive Governance Through Openness In Legislative Activities

The National Assembly has reiterated its commitment to establish a transparent parliamentary process by providing the public with information on its budgets, expenditures and financial activities.

Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, made this known at the Inauguration of the National Assembly Open Week Steering Committee in Abuja, on Wednesday.

Senator Lawan, in his address, explained that several attempts made at promoting parliamentary openness and greater publication participation in governance and decision-making include live coverage of plenary sessions, opening Committee meetings to the press and the public and recently, making its budgets and expenditures open to review by citizens.

To him, the Freedom of Information Act, initiated and passed by the National Assembly is a clear submission of the National Assembly’s pact to aid good governance and accountability.

Senator Lawan, on what the National Assembly Open Week aim to achieve, noted that the 4-day event will broaden public understanding legislative of functions and processes and engender interaction between legislators and key stakeholders.

His words: Several interactive sessions are planned for different days as follows: Interactive Session with the Executive Arm of Government on The Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP); Interactive Session with the Judiciary on Pre-and Post-Elections Adjudication and Constitutional Separation of Powers; Interactive Session with State Assemblies on Constitutional Separation of Powers; Interactive Session with Trade Unions on Economic Growth & Industrial Relations; Interaction Session with Traditional Rulers and Pressure Groups and Interactive Session with Civil Society Organisations on Accountability and Service Delivery in Governance. Others are Interaction Session with Women Groups, Youth Groups and Student Bodies.”

The Senate leader added that daily exhibitions are planned for Committees of the National Assembly to display their outputs and interface with stakeholders and the general public, stressing that the Senate and House Committees will be put together into clusters allowing for ease of interaction.

Senator Lawan further commented that “the benefits of the Open Week initiative are numerous and have direct bearing on democratic governance in Nigeria. The first is that through the Open Week the National Assembly is fostering public participation in the democratic process. Giving the public access to legislative information, activities and policies is a substantial step towards empowering them to take part in political dialogue and decision-making processes.

“Secondly, the Open Week signifies the National Assembly’s commitment to increasing accountability and limiting corruption. Allowing public access to the legislature allows stakeholders to scrutinize our actions as an institution. Furthermore, such public engagement can lead to greater trust in government. Opening NASS means we have ‘nothing to hide’.”

To him, being able to access the relevant information significantly reduces suspicion and generates trust in government.

“Thus the Open Week will address the perennial negative public perception of legislators and the institution of the legislature by bringing closer the various publics and the legislature. It will thus improve the image of NASS and eliminate some of the myths and misperceptions about the National Assembly,” Senator Lawan said,

The maiden edition of the Open Week is scheduled to hold between 25th and 29th June, 2018 at the premises of the National Assembly.







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