OrderPaperToday – Senate President Bukola Saraki has tasked his colleagues on the tenets of transparency and effective service delivery in the year 2016.
The Senate President who gave the charge on Tuesday at the resumption of plenary after the yuletide break also pledged to put an end to unnecessary travels by Senators.
He said the vision of the Senate is to “substantially enhance the economic well-being, liberty and safety of our people,” noting that “it is my earnest hope that the period of recess just concluded has afforded us all more opportunity to reflect on this enormous task ahead as we now enter into the business end of delivering on our agenda.”
He urged senators to demonstrate to the Nigerian people “who put us in office, that we are working in their interest to ensure a progressive and inclusive national development plan. The overarching objective of our agenda remains, to work with the Executive arm to find solution to economic stagnation, wastefulness, discrimination, unemployment, insecurity, corruption and impunity.”
Saraki charged the committees and its members to sit up, attend meetings and carry out its functions of oversight with more dexterity without spending so much.
“In this regards all unnecessary travels and tours should be eliminated,” he said adding that: “With limited resources we cannot afford wastages. We cannot do it alone, we need your cooperation especially on information and we will play our part. It is on this balance of efficacy and accountability that I wish the Senate to be judged in 2016. A Senate in slumber cannot meet the aspirations of a restless nation. A Senate sealed from those whom it is accountable to, cannot legitimately ask for their trust. 2016 must be a year of transparency and delivery.”
While lauding the gains made in the fight against boko haram in the North-East, Saraki called on all Nigerians to support the senate by bringing to the attention of the legislature any issue that will better the live of all Nigerians including issues of corruption and impunity.