Encomium as 8th Senate adjourns Sine die

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Dr. Bukola Saraki’s 8th Senate was on Thursday, adjourned sine die after a momentous valedictory session to wine up the last official functions of the 8th Senate.
The valedictory session, came with mixed feelings from Senators who seized the occasion to appraise their performance and views in different capacities over the past four legislative years.
Senator Ibrahim Gobir, (APC) commended his colleagues in the Upper Chamber for the eventful four years spent together, saying, “whatever has a beginning must have an end, and so today, the 8th Senate cones to an end. The leadership directed us very well and did their best”
Sen. Abdullahi Adamu in his views said the 8th Senate was full of lessons including the disappointments.
“We have all benefited in one way or the other and even in disappointment, there is something to learn, like the need for us to emphasise the fact that God made it possible for Nigerians to elect us.
“It is a rare privilege that was bestowed on us and we must not disappoint the electorate,” he noted.
He said that there was nothing wrong with opposing the Executive at times, but we have to avoid extreme partisanship. We have to be bipartisan, adding that people depend on what we do and the example we show.
“I subscribe to the belief that the senate will go on record to have passed the highest number of bills.
“It has also experienced the highest number of vetoes, but we did not use our power to override the vetoes,” he observed.
In his words, Senator Obinna Ogba, Ebonyi Central, criticized his colleagues for their display of ethic sentiments in the Senate, “In this Chamber, you will find the good, the bad and the ugly but Nigeria is represented here. What I noticed in this 8th Assembly is that there are people who do not see anything good expect in their zones”.
He thanked the presiding officer, Ike Ekweremadu, and Bukola Saraki for their leadership in the winding up 8th Senate. He particularly reserved praises for Dr. Saraki who he likened to the former Head of State, Sani Abacha.
According to Ogba, “I am one of those who believe that many people can say what they like but Sani Abacha is a President that we have never seen. You may like it, you may not like it, but I will liken Saraki leadership style to that of Abacha. “
Sen. Magnus Abe (APC-Rivers), commended his colleagues for working tirelessly in preserving the Senate as an institution.
He talked of the desire to serve Nigerians that brought every of his colleagues to the Senate. “We preserved this institution for others to come and make their contribution.
Also speaking, Sen. Shehu Sani said lawmakers were not elected to only represent their constituents, but also to protect the interest of the country at large.
He pointed out that lawmakers had a duty to define their role in history by defending the institution of the national assembly.
He said that one thing every lawmaker ought to take note of was to serve with honour and leave with more honour and also by standing for the truth irrespective of religious, ethnic affiliation or party leaning.
“The National Assembly is not an agency or a ministry of government, but an institution created to protect and legislate for betterment of all Nigerians.
“As a parliament, it is a calling. We are not just here to represent the people, but to stand for issues that are germane,” he said.
On the performance of the 8th Senate, Sani said, there was no doubt it passed through turbulence, noting that “every national assembly has its challenges.
“This country is faced with problems, but as an institution, we must work together to address the challenges, but we cannot do so with a divided house. The survival, dignity and honour of this institution lie in the lawmakers.
“We must also note that we are not here to be subservient to anyone, but to defend the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
Sen. Ajayi Borofice (APC-Ondo), in his comment, applauded the leadership style of the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki.
He also commended his colleagues for demonstrating patriotism towards protecting the interest of the country.
Said he: “Saraki has demonstrated uncommon leadership. Yes, there was turbulence but because of his dexterity, he was able to stabilise the Senate.
“No matter the perception of the public about us, we have demonstrated that we are patriots. We discussed issues of security among other critical issues.
“We worked together irrespective of our differences to get to this point and as such I thank you all for your support.”
Also speaking, Sen. Bassey Akpan (PDP-Akwa Ibom), said he had a memorable time in the 8th senate, noting that we were leaving a refined and better person.
He commended Saraki for his exemplary leadership, saying, ” your leadership is an exemplary one and with that, the 8th senate has a place in history.
“I learnt so much from my colleagues and to my constituents, your mandate will be defended as I return to the 9th senate.”
The lawmaker said the 9th senate had a lot to learn from the 8th senate, adding that it stood for Nigeria and defended its course.
Sen. Sam Anyanwu (PDP-Imo) said under Saraki’s leadership, the committee on Ethics and Public Petitions, which he chaired recorded great achievement.
“In the 6th and 7th assemblies, 66 petitions were filed, 26 were attempted and only eight were considered.
” Meanwhile, we entertained 642 petitions, considered 153 and 420 people who were disengaged, were reinstated back to their offices.
Sen. Ben Murray Bruce (PDP-Bayelsa), in his comments, urged senators of the 9th senate to make laws for the future and not in the past.
According to him, what is happening today is that knowledge changes in six months. Some of the bills I presented that were not considered makes me feel some of us do not read.
“I, therefore, call on the senators coming into the 9th senate to put that in mind, “he said.
Sen. Binta Masi (APC-Adamawa), thanked her colleagues for their contribution to the success of the 8th senate.
She said that 39 bills were vetoed and we did not upturn any adding,”it shows there was collaboration.”
Sen. Joshua Lidani (APC-Gombe), said one thing he would always remember was that we (senators) maintained our calm and continued to sit when some hoodlums absconded with the Mace.
“It showed a great sense of patriotism. I salute your courage. We have learnt a lot.
“I also appreciate the tradition of ranking, and I hope the 9th senate will uphold it. I hope the 9th senate will be better having learnt from our mistakes,” he said.
Sen. Kabiru Marafa (APC-Marafa), thanked God for seeing them through the turbulence that characterised the 8th senate.
“To the leadership let me say a big thank you and I have learnt a lot.
“I learnt from your wisdom in legislative business as well as the trust you have in us. I also thank my colleagues,” he said.
He thanked the lawmakers for approving the sum of N10 billion for Zamfara, following the security situation.
He said, “I will always remember Saraki as a person that respects loyalty and pays for loyalty.”
Speaking, the outgoing President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki said the 8th Senate put humanity first, adding that he will be proud of the humaneness of the 109 Senators in the Chamber.
His words, “As we come to the final plenary and the last few days of the 8th Senate, it is a victory in itself, that we are seeing the journey robots momentous end.
“I am thankful for the strong and purposeful Senate leadership that has steered us though and guided this chamber for high performance and stability. Many thanks to Majority Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, Minority Leader, Biodun Olujimi, Chief Whip, Okusola Adeyeye and others.
“That I am here today, that you are here today, is a victory for democracy. It is a testimony to what people can do when they come together for the greater good. This is also one of those occasions when the Supreme Creator reminds us once again that power does not reside in any one person.
“The pieces of legislation we passed in the crucial areas and arenas affecting the daily lives of citizens on the economy in education, security and anti-corruption, health and so on will remain a benchmark.
“And as we say all the things we have done, we must also be reflective and candid enough to acknowledge the things we didn’t do. I hope that the 9th Senate will improve on our performance and deliver on those areas that we were not quite able to touch.” Saraki said.
As we can recalled, 8th senate was inaugurated on June 9, 2015 and will officially cease to be on June 10, 2019.

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