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Tuesday, 15 December 2020

Dickson, Abiru Unfold Legislative Agenda as Senate Swears-in Four New Senators

The immediate past Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Seriake Dickson and his counterpart representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Adetokunbo Abiru, have unfolded their legislative agenda for their constituents and Nigeria as a nation.

Dickson who represents Bayelsa West following his swearing in at the red chamber, vowed to push for true federalism through the devolution of more powers to the states of the Federation. 

Speaking to newsmen shortly after the swearing in ceremony, Dickson also promised to work closely with other senators to institute electoral reforms ahead of the 2023 general elections.

He insisted on the need to restructure Nigeria as a way of overcoming 
its multiple challenges, saying that the country is currently too divided and has been left to drift for too long.

This is as two other newly elected Senators, Cleopas Moses (PDP Bayelsa Central) and Professor Nora Ladi Dadu'ut (APC Plateau South), were also sworn in along with Dickson and Abiru.

"Nigeria as a Nation needs repair and rebuilding in terms of 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", Dickson said.

He added that, series of empowerment programmes, will also be rolled out for his constituents as a way of giving them responsible and responsive representation in the Senate.

On his part, Senator Abiru who also addressed newsmen at the National Assembly, said he will bring to bear, his over three decades 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 FCDAs in Lagos East Senatorial District, have been consciously documented during campaign rallies for practical responsive action .

However, no Senator was sworn in for the two other Senatorial Districts were elections were 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 winner of the election by INEC for the Imo North Senatorial seat, Dr Stephen Odey of the PDP declared as winner of the Cross River North Senatorial seat and issued certificate of return by INEC, was prevented from taking the oath of office on account of a court order served on the Senate few minutes before the swearing in ceremony.

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