Senate President Ahmed Lawan has said that the Ninth National Assembly will work closely with the Executive for the development of the nation.
The Senate President said the current National Assembly was determined to provide a united and purposeful leadership that will transform the security, economy and social wellbeing of all citizens.
“We will work together with the Executive arm of government for the benefit of the people of Niger State and indeed the country to ensure that we achieve our common goal of taking Nigeria to the next level,” he said.
Lawan, who spoke in Minna, the Niger State capital, when the senator representing Niger East, Mohammed Musa, unveiled his Actions Plan for the district, said the time had come to practise governance without political discrimination.
On the deplorable state of Nigerian roads, the Senate President stressed that it is time to revive the railways.
He assured the nation that the legislators would make laws on the roads to boost the economic base of Nigerians, especially the rural dwellers.
“I think it is time to make our railways work again because the movement of heavy haulage on the roads has really spoilt all our roads.
“I do not have to drive through the roads to know it’s bad. I have heard a lot about them. Niger State does not need to lobby for the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Works while I am particularly involved,” Lawan said.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello urged the National Assembly to enact laws that would regulate the movement of trailers and heavy trucks.
The governor noted that overloading was damaging the roads across the country.
He pleaded with Lawan to give favourable consideration to the roads in the state to make them passable for users.
“Niger State has the highest number of Federal roads but most of them are not motorable. I will plead with the Senate to always ply the Minna-Suleja road so that you can understand the deplorable level our roads are,” Bello said.
Musa, after unveiling his strategic action plan for the senatorial district, said he intended to work with the state government to ensure that his plans and programmes work out.
The senator promised not to tamper with constituency projects’ funds and allowances while focusing on tackling poverty and enhancing the welfare of the people and youth empowerment.
He added: “We need communities that can coexist. So, I will work closely with the state government to ensure that we tackle poverty by proposing legislation that will enhance family welfare, improve employment and empowerment.”
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