I’ll be fair to all — Lawan

Senator Ahmad Lawan has promised to be fair to his colleagues, irrespective of political, ethnic or religious affiliation.

He said this while delivering his remarks at the end of the inauguration of the ninth Senate, adding that the Senate, under his leadership, would do justice to all to ensure that it performed its role for the benefit of Nigerians.

He added that “elections are over.  It shows that we voted for a united Senate and it is clear that the outcome is bipartisan.

“All parties, including the PDP and YPP, voted for me and with this outcome, the ninth Senate is ready to take off as a united Senate.

“Today means so many things. It is the commencement of another decade of our democracy and we will work to ensure best global parliamentary practice among other things,” he said.

He promised to run a Senate that would be responsive to the needs of the masses whose mandate the Senate holds in high esteem.

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He called for the support of his colleagues to ensure a robust Senate, adding that, “we will not settle for anything less than the best. We will dream big, aim high and take good initiatives.”

He also said the upper chamber would work towards finding lasting solutions to the disturbing educational challenges in the country, adding that it was embarrassing to have about 14 million out-of-school children.

He further allayed fears that the Senate under him would be subservient to the executive.