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‘Senate’s 2023 performance has raised Nigerians’ expectations’ – Akpabio

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The President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, said on Tuesday that the performance of his colleagues, including himself, last year raised the expectations of Nigerians, describing it as commendable.

Welcoming the lawmakers back from the Christmas and New Year recess, Akpabio noted that the past year tested them in the crucible of elections while their constituents found them worthy of their trust and mandated them to be their voice in government.

He said: “When a task is executed with excellence, expectations naturally soar. Thus, the recess provided us with an opportunity to reconnect with our loved ones, reignite our commitment to the public good, and return to this esteemed chamber with renewed vigour and determination.

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“Our constituents have bestowed upon us the weighty responsibility to serve, lead, and make decisions that shape our nation’s course and the welfare of our people. We must never forget the gravity of this responsibility or the faith our constituents have placed in us.”

The Senate President reminded his colleagues that they must justify the trust vested in them by diligently addressing the challenges facing the nation and striving for the betterment of society.

“As distinguished senators, we have a unique platform to effect change and advocate for our constituents’ interests. History and future generations will not forgive us if we squander this opportunity or fail to leave our mark on the annals of time,” Akpabio added.

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He urged the lawmakers to use their time in the revered chamber to delve into pressing issues, engage in passionate and respectful debates, and craft legislation that reflects the needs and aspirations of the people they represent.

“In the coming months, we will face a multitude of challenges, from economic recovery and healthcare reform to national security and social justice. It is imperative that we approach these issues with a spirit of collaboration and a commitment to finding common ground.

“Let us rise above partisan divides and work together, transcending party lines, for the greater good of our nation. Our patriotism demands that we heed no other call except Nigeria’s call—the call echoed in our national anthem.

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“Let us continue to work and collaborate with the executive arm under His Excellency President Ahmed Bola Tinubu, GCFR, without compromising our independence as enshrined in our constitution,” he further stated.

The Senate President, however, announced a one-week recess for members of the National Assembly to enable them to participate in the office-season campaigns.

He said: “In view of the elections taking place on Saturday, we are taking part in the campaigns and will resume on the sixth day of February 2023.”

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