Senate gives self ‘pass mark’ at valedictory session
Outgoing Senate President, David Mark, in his contribution at the valedictory session to mark the end of the 7th Senate, said the red chamber recorded landmark achievements within the last four years.
Mark stated that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senators would not partake in the contest for leadership of the 8th Senate.
According to him, the election will be an All Progressives Congress (APC) affair.
Earlier, the Senate Minority Leader, Senator George Akume, extolled Mark’s leadership qualities.
Akume enjoined him to make the people of Benue proud by supporting and helping to actualize the aspiration of Senator Ahmad Lawan as Senate President and himself as the Deputy Senate President respectively in the 8th Senate.
In his response, Mark said: “Finally, because Senator Akume also thanked me, let me thank him and remind him that we are in PDP and election of any coming member is the matter for APC not for PDP.”
On the achievements of the 7th Senate, Mark said: “Let me in all modesty say that the 7th Senate achieved some measure of success going by the number of bills that were passed, motions moved, in our oversight functions and in our legislative duties.
“Some landmark bills passed by this Senate include but not limited to- Pension Reform Act 2014, National Health Act, Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act and the Terrorism (Prevention) Act. The 7th Senate confirmed a total number of 429 persons between 2011 and 2015.
“In addition, we received parliamentary delegations from Gambia, Benin Republic and China while over 27 delegations from the Senate attended international conferences and seminars. We also honoured invitations from the Parliaments of Czech Republic and China.
“In spite of the difficult political and economic climate within which we worked and despite our own internal challenges, we can end this Senate convinced that we represented our constituents and Nigerians with the most noble of intentions and to the best of our abilities.
“I must confess that within the last four years, we matured politically. That was why when some Senators defected from one political party to the other, we still maintained one united Senate.”