The Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Sabi Abdullahi, has called on Nigerians to base their judgment of the eighth Senate by the facts of its achievements, rather than sentiments or propaganda.
In a statement yesterday, Abdullahi described the current Senate as the highest performing ever, despite the distractions.
“The facts speak for themselves, this eighth Senate has already passed 128 Bills in 26 months. This is weighed against the fifth Senate that passed 129 bills in four years; the sixth Senate that passed 72 bills in four years and the seventh Senate that passed 128 bills in four years. When it comes to public petitions, in just 26 months, again, we have cleared 82 petitions. This is juxtaposed against the sixth and seventh Senate that cleared only six petitions in four years,” he said.
Abdullahi also listed out some of the noteworthy achievements of the eighth Senate, highlighting the fact that it had passed several historic bills that had tripped up previous parliaments like the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB).
“This is the same Senate that broke the Petroleum Industry Bill’s jinx in two years. This is also the same chamber that passed a comprehensive Electoral Reform Bill within 18-months of its inauguration,” he stated.
“I can keep on listing out our achievements. We also finished the Constitution Review process a full two years before the next election cycle; we have also passed seven economic priority bills that will create more opportunities for private sector participation in our economy, and put millions of Nigerians back to work.
“Additionally, let’s not forget the ‘Made in Nigeria’ amendment that we passed with our review of the Public Procurement Act. This amendment will create myriad of opportunities for Nigerian-owned businesses, by ensuring that they get first-option priority in the government’s procurement process. Moving forward, although we have already passed four anti-corruption Bills to strengthen our nation’s capacity to fight graft, we are still committed to passing as many laws as we need to cut and curb corruption in Nigeria,” he said.
“In this regard, when we hear people judge us by the propaganda of adverse elements in our polity, we would like to ask them to do their research and follow our work themselves, so that they can judge us by facts, not sentiments,” Abdullahi said.